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Next Honor Flight heads out Saturday

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — The second North Country Honor Flight of 2014 takes off Saturday, June 14.

The local organization is taking 15 World War II veterans and 15 guardians to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial to that war. 

The day begins with each veteran being met at home by a police and motorcycle escort.

The veterans will be taken to U.S. Oval in the City of Plattsburgh for a 7 a.m. flag ceremony and march of honor, which is open to the public.

This will be followed by a motorcade of emergency-service vehicles from the City of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County and other agencies, led by upwards of 100 motorcycles.

The motorcade will travel from U.S. Oval to Plattsburgh International Airport, where another public ceremony will be held, at which each veteran is individually acknowledged.

After the ceremony, they will fly out to Washington, returning later in the day.

“One of the major components of the ceremonies at the oval and at the airport is the adulation provided by attendees,” George King, interim director of North Country Honor Flight, said in a statement.

“The more members of the public who attend, the greater the sendoff for these heroes of World War II. So please come and help us give them the greatest possible sendoff.

“It is the least we can do in return for what they sacrificed for us.”

King said he wanted to dispel rumors that have been circulating that this Honor Flight was canceled due to the recent resignation in late May of former Director Danny Kaifetz, who cited conflicts with Board of Directors members.

“The flight is definitely on,” he told the Press-Republican.

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