Photos provided by courtesy of John Cooper, Leatherstocking Honor Flight Photographer.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 640 World War II veterans die every day. The time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is quickly running out.
At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, Leatherstocking Honor Flight President Greg Furlong will speak about the Honor Flight Network, an all-volunteer organization that transports America's veterans (at no cost to them) to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. The talk will take place at The Summit at Saratoga, 1 Perry Road in Saratoga Springs.
“Each year, the Honor Flight Network transports more than 20,000 veterans from 131 Honor Flight hubs to Washington to visit and reflect at their memorials,” said Furlong. “Since its inception in 2008, Leatherstocking Honor Flight has taken more than 1,000 World War II veterans to our nation’s capital, the oldest being 100 years old. This spring our goal is to organize four flights from Albany International Airport to give World War II and Korean War survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill, a chance to view their memorial at a comfortable pace.
“Our one-day trip involves a unique itinerary designed to show veterans how grateful we are for their sacrifices and what their service has meant to this country,” he added. “Stops typically include the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial. It’s a very moving experience and a chance to recognize these honorable men and women whose brave actions forever changed the course of our world.”
Leatherstocking Honor Flight is currently seeking World War II veterans from the greater Capital Region, as well as Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Guardians and volunteers are also being sought to help with the group’s efforts throughout the year. Trips for veterans are paid for through donations, while guardians pay for their own trip and are responsible for chaperoning the veterans during the trip.
Light refreshments will be served. For directions to the community, visit http://summitsaratoga.com/contact-us.html.