Reposted from the Sullivan County Democrat
SULLIVAN COUNTY – The Hudson Valley Honor Flight held its 31st visitation to Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 8 — with 84 Veterans and a number of guardians and aides making the trip.
Ralph Huebner, a Narrowsburg-based U.S. Navy veteran (1954-1957, 1978-1980), described the trip, which included a captivating and meticulous ritual that is performed continuously at the Tomb, perfectly timing 21 seconds for every action made by the soldier on their watch.
A host of people said goodbye to the group at 5:30 a.m. as they departed. Fire departments showered water in an arch above the three fully-loaded buses as they drove through on their way to the airport.
Throughout the group’s trip to the nation’s capitol, they viewed poignant locations such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Statue, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Korean Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.