They Gave Hope to the World With the Words “The Americans Are Here.”

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Photograph of the Day: Part of the contingent of 64 veterans of World War II at Westchester County Airport this morning who were flown to Washington D.C. as part of Honor Flight ‘s ongoing program to salute World War II veterans for their never-to-be-forgotten service that defeated Nazi Germany

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Fred Kimler, Chairman of Honor Flight Hudson Valley, greeted the veterans, with the words,”You delivered peace and gave hope to the world with these four words, “The Americans are here.” Kimler, at the close of the warm, teary and stirring remembrance, concluded asking that the 300 or more persons and hundreds of helpers in the dramatic event never forget to remember these veterans “We owe them everything.”

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Crowd of some 300 awaits the arrival of the veterans at Westchester County Airport

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The three busloads of World War II vets were preceded by a motorcycle cavalcade of honor made up of veterans, organized by White Plains Carl Albanese on the  motorcycle with the two American Flags.

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Here they come! 

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Veterans in wheel chairs being helped aboard the U.S. Airways jet that flew them to Washington today to visit the World War II Memorial and enjoy other festivities as a salute to their service.

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US AIRWAYS jet carrying the veterans taxis under a “First Flight” water arch salute created by Fairview Fire Department Pumpers. First flights being saluted by an arch of water are an aviation tradition.


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The Honor Flight taking off for Washington this morning.


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