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More than 120 World War II veterans gathered in New Windsor Sunday afternoon for a luncheon to honor their service to the United States. YNN's Jessica Chen reports.
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- At a luncheon Sunday, there was dancing and quality time spent with friends. However, every person at the event all shared the common connection of having served for the United States military during World War II.
"Having this, the music, the comradery, it's amazing," said Ellenville resident and former Navy Seabee, Anthony Percoco.
Percoco said Sunday's luncheon to honor their service was more than touching.
"A lot of people gave their lives and didn't see what we have here, so that was really emotional," he said.
The third annual event was hosted by the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. The non-profit organization transports local World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II memorial for free.
Former marine and purple heart recipient, Joseph Torraca was was on a honor flight last year.
"It was a revelation," Torraca said. "I really appreciate what people are doing to remember what we did before."
Chairman of the organization, Brian Maher said more than 120 veterans attended the event.
"Whether they were in the army or navy or any area of the military for two years, four years or 20 years, we honor everyone," said Maher.
They want to make sure every veteran knows they're work for the country is always appreciated. The Hudson Valley Honor Flight has transported more than 270 local veterans to Washington, D.C. According to organizers, the next honor flight is scheduled for next April.