CHEERS to anyone who donates to support the efforts of the North Country Honor Flight in giving back to our area veterans.

The recent North Country Honor Run 5K & U.S. Oval Walk was supported enough to raise the $12,000 price tag and then some for the 28th Honor Flight this past Saturday.

That trip let 15 area veterans — including one World War II veteran just weeks after the nation honored the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings — receive an all-expenses paid trip for the day to see the war memorials in Washington D.C.

We would be the first to say that the best way to honor those heroes is to come to a send-off event and thank them, cheer for them and just be there for them.

But air travel is expensive, and it takes many groups and individuals deciding that this cause is one they can give some of their hard-earned money to in order to get an Honor Flight off the ground.

One of the quickest ways to donate is through the donate page on the North Country Honor Flight website at

Buttons on that site encourage donations of $25, $50 or $100, but we appreciate that there’s a fourth button — “other amt.” — that let’s every visitor know whatever you can give is appreciated.

The site goes on to explain:

“To talk to North Country Honor Flight about making special contributions, arranging memorial gifts, or anything else related to donations, please feel free to contact us by phone at 518-569-7429, by email ( or by using the form on our contact page.”

Donations can also be sent by mail to:

North Country Honor Flight

P.O. Box 2644

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

But giving doesn’t have to be a solo act.

In 2018, the Saranac Central School girls and boys soccer teams had their “Fight for the Flight” fundraiser, sponsoring the 26th honor flight.

Zachary’s Original hosted a fundraiser for the group in 2015.

And the North Country Honor Flight Benefit Concert and Comedy Show held this April at Chazy Central Rural School raised $6,827.

What better cause for your restaurant, your company, your sports team or your student club to organize an event for?

And what do you get for that work? For the Beekmantown seventh-graders who organized the recent Honor Run, it was the smiles as the veterans headed for their flight.

As student Sylvia Strong put it: “The smiles on their faces just light your whole day up.”

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