The Warwick Rotary Club recently made a of $500 to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) program. This program, funded by community donations, treats local World War II and Korean War Veterans to an unforgettable one-day trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the their memorials. All veterans go on this journey of honor at absolutely no cost to them. Currently HVHF flies four times a year: twice from Stewart Airport and twice from Westchester Airport.
The flight day begins with a motorcycle escort to the airport, followed by a Send-Off Ceremony – giving the veterans a small glimpse into the exciting day ahead of them. While in Washington, D.C., the group visits the memorials built in their honor and Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard.
Beth Vought, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Honor Flight said, “Our group is hailed with applause and admiration at every stop, giving these heroes the recognition they rightfully deserve. The experience is concluded when the veterans arrive back in New York, and are greeted by hundreds of community members cheering them on. For many, it is the Welcome Home Reception they never received.”