Warwick. Thirteen men from throughout the Town of Warwick among the veterans on the 24th Honor Flight to the nation’s capital and back.
It takes a lot to impress Ed Bailey. Last Saturday, the Hudson Valley Honor Flight did just that.
Bailey worked for six decades as an Associated Press photographer traveling the world and photographing conflicts, celebrations and everything in between. He served in the U.S. Army for five years during the Korean conflict as well as in the Navy Reserves for 17 more. He covered wars in Beirut and the Gulf War. He has seen much.
On Sat., Oct. 12, Bailey was one of 83 veterans – and one of 13 from the Town of Warwick – chosen to be part of the 24th Hudson Valley Honor flight. The group arrived at Stewart Airport in the early morning hours accompanied by a motorcycle escort of 250 riders. The welcome they received for their sendoff was memorable.
“The crowd to see us off was just incredible,” said Bailey, 84, a resident of Greenwood Lake and a member of the Greenwood Lake American Legion. “Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, all waving American flags. An absolutely incredible group.”
Bailey described the scene including the playing armed service songs for each branch of the military, setting the tone for the day.
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