Hudson Valley Honor Flight to take 86 veterans to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4

Community is invited to witness 'Mission Flight 18' send-off at Stewart International Airport beginning at 7 a.m.


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STEWART AIRPORT — Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s “Mission 18” will take 86 area veterans to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The flight will depart Stewart International Airport in Newburgh taking veterans on an all-expense paid trip to visit the nation’s war memorials on the daylong trip. It is scheduled to return 8:30 p.m.

On board this 18th Honor Flight will be 10 World War II veterans, 74 Korean War veterans and two Vietnam veterans. Each is accompanied by a volunteer personal “guardian” who is responsible for ensuring that the veteran’s trip is a memorable one.

This is Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s final flight of 2017.

“ShopRite Supermarkets was there for our first flight and six years later they are still our major sponsor,” said Executive Director Jennifer DeFrancesco. “We are so grateful for the generosity and support we receive from ShopRite, which allows us to continue to honor our communities’ veterans.”

“It’s going to be another great day for these revered men who served our nation with such distinction,” said Board Chairman Frank Kimler. “It’s an honor for us, and those who support Hudson Valley Honor Flight, to give them this gift of seeing the war memorials that honor their service. Please come out to either send them off or welcome them back from this wonderful trip. It’s an experience you will not forget.”

Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a local nonprofit based in Walden which honors Hudson Valley veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost to them.

HVHF is currently seeking sponsorship for 2018 missions. To learn more, call 845-391-0076 or visit hvhonorflight.com.
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