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Westchester Seeks Veterans for Washington DC Trip

A total of 75 veterans - each can bring a companion - are invited to participate in the honor flight.

A recent Veteran's Day celebration in Westchester. Patch file photo.
A recent Veteran's Day celebration in Westchester. Patch file photo.
County officials are seeking veterans to volunteer for an inaugural "honor flight" from Westchester County Airport to Washington DC in October.

The one-day trip for 75 veterans is free and will feature a visit to several memorials. The veterans can also bring a companion.

"We are thrilled that Hudson Valley Honor Flight selected Westchester County Airport to host its first 'honor flight' this fall," said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in a statement. "Partnering with non-profit organizations, local businesses, and community leaders is essential in helping us provide veterans in Westchester with wonderful opportunities."

For more information, the full press release from Westchester County government is below:

The Westchester County Veterans Service Agency in partnership with Hudson Valley Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that offers American World War II veterans a free one-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials, are excited to announce that Westchester County Airport will host its first “honor flight” on Saturday, October 18.

Several times a year, Hudson Valley Honor Flight organizes a one-day trip out of various airports to and from Washington, D.C. for 75 veterans and one companion throughout the Hudson Valley. The organization coordinates all trip details from transportation to meals and tours.

“We are thrilled that Hudson Valley Honor Flight selected Westchester County Airport to host its first ‘honor flight’ this fall,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Partnering with non-profit organizations, local businesses, and community leaders is essential in helping us provide veterans in Westchester with wonderful opportunities.”

In order to make this trip possible, Westchester County Veterans Service Agency and Hudson Valley Honor Flight are seeking volunteers to help:

·         Fundraise

·         Contact local businesses and organizations to seek sponsorship opportunities

·         Locate interested veterans

·         Coordinate travel information

·         Escort veterans to and from Westchester County Airport

·         Serve as a voice to the veteran community

All those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the Honor Flight committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23 at Westchester Community College’s Student Center - Room 159, 65 Grasslands Road in Valhalla. Free parking is available in lot 8.

To learn more about the organization and to volunteer, please call Westchester County Veterans Services office at (914) 995-2145.

Dan Seidel June 24, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Our heroes better watch out for the Barrycades - spiteful democRATS in DC like to mess with Vets. pity. VOTE CHRIS DAY FOR CONGRESS!!! WE NEED CHANGE NOW or we will surely perish along with this great nation and what it stands for.

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