When the Leatherstocking Honor Flight takes off on Saturday, its 1,000th veteran will be on the plane with 50 additional World War II and Korean War veterans.
Leatherstocking Honor Flight is the Capital District’s longest continuously operating non-profit organization that flies World War II Veterans to Washington, DC to experience their Memorial at no cost to them. It’s a one day trip from Albany International Airport to Washington, DC for Veterans to experience their Memorial as well as other Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.
6:15-6:30AM: WWII and Korean War Veterans arrive at Albany International Airport
6:45AM: Send-Off Ceremony in the Baggage Claim area
8:15AM: Southwest Airlines departure for Baltimore-Washington
10:15PM: Veterans return to Albany International Airport…Welcome Home Ceremony
Participating in the Pre-Flight Ceremony will be: U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Lt. Colonel Dean Johnson, 109th Airlift Wing ANG
Established in 2008, Leatherstocking Honor Flight is a hub of the National Honor Flight Network, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to taking World War II Veterans to Washington, DC to experience their WWII Memorial at no cost.
All trips for the Veterans are paid for through donations and fundraisers. Leatherstocking Honor Flight serves Albany and over 15 counties in the Greater Capital District area, as well as Vermont and Western Massachusetts.