Honor Flight takes World War II Veterans to Washington
More than 30 veterans left the Albany Airport on Saturday morning to head to Washington, D.C. Our Beth Croughan tells us about the monumental trip they're taking.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We also have a couple, Harriet and Bill Rogers are here. Both World War II Veterans," said a speaker Saturday morning at the Albany Airport.
Harriet and William Rogers smiled as they acknowledged the applause, while sitting among a crowd at the Albany Airport. The couple came from Glens Falls for an early Saturday flight.
"Worth getting up at 3 o'clock," said Harriet.
"I'm looking forward to the rest of the day. If it ends up better than this, I can't believe it," said William.
They are joining about 30 fellow World War II Veterans on a trip to visit their memorial in Washington D.C.
"I was in the AirCorp. And I was stationed in Orlando, Florida," said William. "I was in the US Coast Guard, stationed in Manhattan," added Harriet.
"It's certainly an opportunity we never could have managed, you know, not at our ages," said Harriet.
The day-long event is the 16th that the Leatherstocking Honor Flight has organized.
"We've done this many times before, it doesn't get old. It's just a pretty powerful day," said Greg Furlong, the Chairman of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.
The group is part of a network across the country determined to give the "Greatest Generation" a great, big, thanks.
"There are less than 1 million left of the 16.1 million that served, so we've got to be here and we've got to thank them while we still can, and while they're still here to receive our thanks," said Robert Smith, Averill Park resident.