Orange County. The annual Honor Flight program will now include the opportunity to have local youths fly with the vets.
Hudson Valley Honor Flight, with the support of the Orange County American Legion Committee and the Orange County American Legion Riders, will initiate a program in 2024 to identify, vet, and fund youth guardians on Honor Flights. The youths chosen will escort Vietnam-era and other veterans on Hudson Valley Honor Flights.
The youth guardian program will give participants the opportunity to meet local veterans and hear their stories, “to help the passing of the baton of leadership from one generation of Americans to the next,” the organizers explained.
The program has two components: the identification, vetting and selection, and preparation of youth guardians; and fundraising to cover the costs of each youth guardian.