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May 29, 2014

North Country Honor Flight director resigns

KEESEVILLE — North Country Honor Flight Director Danny Kaifetz has resigned.

The Keeseville man, who formed the organization that takes World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., ceased his affiliation with it Wednesday.

He told the Press-Republican that he had been considering reducing his role in Honor Flight for some time but that a disagreement with other members had hastened that decision.

Kaifetz outlined the reasons for his resignation in detail in an email he sent to all on his mailing list.

"Recently, I have been subject to constant criticism and disrespect from George King, and upon my return from our May 17th flight, I came home to a vicious personal attack from Pauline Stone, which I felt was uncalled for," he wrote.

 

'NOT AN ATTACK'

Stone said the email was not a "vicious attack" in any form; rather the main issue was a disagreement about honorary speakers at the May 17 Honor Flight ceremonies at the U.S. Oval and Plattsburgh International Airport.

That was the date of the first flight of 2014, making the day trip to the nation's capital. Before each flight, a grand send-off takes place with fire departments, law-enforcement organizations and many others participating with speeches, a lot of flag waving and cheering. 

 

MEDIA DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Kaifetz said Stone's email also attacked WIRY radio station and its news director, Dave Andrews.

"Besides being a very close friend, Dave Andrews is also a Vietnam combat veteran with three tours of duty, and the disrespect he was subjected to was way out of line," he said.

Andrews said he has since resigned as Honor Flight's media director. He said he doesn't understand the treatment directed toward Kaifetz.

"He's put so much effort into this. It's crazy to do this to him," he said Wednesday.

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