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Viewpoint: Memorial Day and the Honor Flight

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Today is Memorial Day, a time for us to honor America's war dead, the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.  But we should also recognize and thank all our veterans. 

One group has come up with an especially meaningful way to do that. The Honor Flight Network flies veterans to Washington, DC free of charge to see the monuments built in their honor. 

They focus especially on World War II veterans who gave so much to preserve freedom around the world.  Even the youngest World War II vets are now in their early 80's, and sadly nearly a thousand veterans of that war die each day.

Many of those surviving veterans have never seen the sparkling World War II Memorial on the National Mall.  Honor Flight is working to change that.  In five years, they've flown more than 35,000 veterans to Washington.  This year should be their busiest year yet.

Recently, a group of World War II vets from the Albany area took an Honor Flight to Washington.  It was a thrilling and emotional day for the men. 

WALB produced a 30-minute special on the trip called "Honoring Our Heroes." You can watch it and find out more when you CLICK HERE.

Honor Flight needs donations and volunteers to continue their good work.  We encourage you to give if you can, and we certainly hope you'll take advantage of every chance you get to say thanks to our veterans who have done so much for our country.