Hudson Valley Honor Flight celebrates 10 years, 2,000 veterans, expands Board of Directors
WALDEN, N.Y. (June 8 2022) — Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) will celebrate 10 years and 2,000 veterans honored with a gala event on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the beautiful Tetz Family Clydesdales Farm in Chester, N.Y. The gala is one of three key noteworthy events.
The gala will feature food, drinks and entertainment under a newly constructed permanent open-air barn roof. This unique countryside estate will provide a memorable setting for this one-of-a-kind event. The cost to attend is $200. All proceeds will help fund future honor flights for local veterans. For tickets, visit hvhonorflight.com/tickets.
Mission 2000 took place on May 21, 2022, bringing 64 veterans to Washington, D.C. This milestone event included HVHF honoring its 2,000th veteran with the flight of a lifetime. “What an incredible day for our veterans. A big thanks to Million Air in White Plains for hosting us. 2,000 veterans is an incredible achievement, but we’re not done. We have two more flights coming up on October 8th and November 5th!” said HVHF Chairman Frank Kimler.
Heather Bell-Meyer, a native of the Hudson Valley and President & CEO of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, has joined the HVHF Board of Directors. With her knowledge of the county’s business landscape, Bell-Meyer brings a unique perspective and an abundance of special-events and community experience to the Board. In addition, her family has a history of military service, so she is familiar with the needs of our local veteran community. HVHF is thrilled to welcome her to the Board.
HVHF provides a once-in-a-lifetime flight to Washington, D.C., where veterans are transported around the district by bus to visit war memorials, attend a dinner in their honor and then return home. Each veteran is escorted by a personal guardian and the HVHF flight team for the day-long trip. Honored veterans fly free! Guardians pay a sliding-scale fee.
ABOUT HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which “Honors American Veterans” for all their sacrifices. HVHF transports these heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials at no cost to them. It is the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network (which consists of more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” across America). HVHF flies multiple times a year out of New York Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. It serves veterans from the following counties: Orange (N.Y.), Ulster (N.Y.), Dutchess (N.Y.), Westchester (N.Y.), Rockland (N.Y.), Sullivan (N.Y.), Putnam (N.Y.), Pike (Pa.), Bergen (N.J.), and Fairfield (Conn.). Veterans from other surrounding counties are considered as well. Top priority is given to those veterans of the Greatest Generation, that of WWII, followed by veterans of the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam and all terminally ill veterans. For more information, visit hvhonorflight.com.