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June 6, 2013

Public urged to attend Honor Flight departure

PLATTSBURGH — Organizers of North Country Honor Flight are hoping the public will show up Saturday to send off the second flight of World War II veterans.

The veterans will be flown to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II monument and other sites.

A flag ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Plattsburgh Barracks Veterans Park on the U.S. Oval. Immediately following the ceremony, the motorcade will travel around the Oval, through the grounds of Lake Forest Senior Living Community and Pine Harbour Assisted Living and proceed along New York Road and Arizona Avenue then onto Crete Boulevard (Route 22) to Plattsburgh International Airport.

The motorcade will include State Police, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and Plattsburgh City Police vehicles and motorcycle escorts from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Association.

Arrival at the airport is scheduled for 8 a.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and also to greet the veterans as they arrive at the airport.

A ceremony will be held there, featuring brief comments from three guest speakers: Danny Kaifetz, executive director of North Country Honor Flight; U.S. Army retired Col. George King, who is Honor Flight director; and Vermont Army National Guard Capt. Jordanna Mallach, program coordinator of Homeward Bound Adirondacks, Saranac Lake.

A representative from PenAir, the airline flying the veterans to Baltimore, will make a presentation.

Also scheduled to be in attendance are Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru), who have supported the Honor Flight chapter since its inception, according to organizers.

The veterans will enter the terminal at 9 a.m. to board the PenAir flight to Baltimore. Departure is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. 

While in Washington, the veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Monument.

The return flight is scheduled to land at Plattsburgh International about 10 p.m. the same day. The public is invited to welcome the veterans back home, as well.

North Country Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is a nonprofit organization organized solely to honor the North Country’s veterans for their sacrifices.

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