Hudson Valley Honor Flight flies 2,000th veteran this Sat., May 21
WEST HARRISON, N.Y. (May 18, 2022) — Friends, family and community members are invited to attend Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s (HVHF) Mission 2,000 send-off ceremony this Saturday, May 21, 2022, 6:30 am, at Million Air – Hangar M, 136 Tower Road, White Plains, NY.
This 26th flight, dubbed Mission 2,000 in honor of our 2,000th veteran, will depart from Westchester County Airport at 7:30 am and return at 8 pm. The public is also encouraged to attend the welcome home rally in the main terminal. HVHF is currently operating under the protocols established in 2020 that all flight participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Every flight is special, but this one is a major milestone. We are so proud to say that we have flown 2,000 veterans since our very first flight in 2012,” said HVHF Chairman Frank Kimler. “With our flights being postponed due to COVID-19 concerns just a couple of years ago, it seemed like reaching this many veterans might not happen, but here we are, and we are thrilled! We cannot thank our volunteers and ShopRite enough for all they have done for us!”
HVHF provides a once-in-a-lifetime flight to Washington, D.C., where veterans are transported around the district by bus to visit the various 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 fee of $400.
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 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 information, visit hvhonorflight.com.