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Honor Flight Long Island Holds Veterans Reunion

Jewish War Veteran Marvin Weisbrod (Lake Grove) & daughter/guardian Sherry Shavor, at return to Long Island MacArthur Airport, May 11, 2019.  Photo by Alex Wolff (alex@concierge-photography.com).
Jewish War Veteran Marvin Weisbrod (Lake Grove) & daughter/guardian Sherry Shavor, at return to Long Island MacArthur Airport, May 11, 2019. Photo by Alex Wolff (alex@concierge-photography.com).

Southampton, NY, July 29, 2019 – Honor Flight Long Island will hold a reunion August 10th at the American Airpower Museum, to celebrate our local WWII and Korean War Veterans who took a free, early-morning May 11, 2019 flight for a one-day tour of their Washington, D.C. military memorials.  They also saw the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and were greeted by officers from their respective branches. Our heroes landed late that evening at Long Island MacArthur Airport to a raucous welcome by the Long Island Bagpipe and Drum Band and to thunderous applause from hundreds of family and friends.

Honor Flight Long Island (HFLI) is our local, nonprofit chapter of the national Honor Flight Network.  HFLI organizes, hosts and pays for the biannual flights each spring and fall.  As part of the day’s events, Veterans and their guardians (volunteers who make the trips possible) fly to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where a motor coach takes them to D.C. and the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials, to Arlington National Cemetery, Air Force, Navy and other memorials.

Each Honor Flight trip transports 50 Veterans for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island.  They are accompanied by 50 guardians, next generation, able-bodied volunteers who donate $400 (tax deductible) to offset costs.  If there is no family member to act as a guardian, HFLI has a list of volunteers ready to step up for the privilege and donate the required fee.  HFLI is now accepting applications for future flights from WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans.  Veterans from other theatres of conflict with life-limiting illnesses are encouraged to apply for future flights.

Our Gala Honor Flight Reunion is on Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY.  Help applaud our Veterans during the Ceremony of Honors, as each is presented with their own Tribute Journal full of photographs taken during the May 11th D.C. tour.  In addition, an official U.S. Military Band will play the iconic musical themes from each branch of service.  The public, family and friends are invited to come early, so you can marvel at the museum’s fantastic exhibitions of military aircraft from WWII and beyond.  And don’t miss the museum’s awesome gift shop!

To apply for spots on upcoming flights or become a guardian, go to www.honorflightlongisland.org or contact Virginia Bennett, HFLI Secretary, (631) 702-2423 or vbennett@southamptontownny.gov.