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Putnam Vets Board Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


Several Putnam County veterans participated in the May 20 Hudson Valley Honor Flight, Mission 30, which took off from the Westchester County Airport in White Plains and brought veterans to Washington, D.C., for the day. There, the group of more than 60 veterans visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial and other historic locations.

Putnam County Veterans’ Service Agency Director Karl Rohde, left, and Veterans Assistant Steve Seid, both Vietnam veterans, were part of the group that made the trip.

Several Putnam County veterans participated in the May 20 Hudson Valley Honor Flight, Mission 30, which took off from the Westchester County Airport in White Plains and brought veterans to Washington, D.C., for the day. There, the group of more than 60 veterans visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial and other historic locations.

Several veterans from Putnam County embarked on the Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s 30th Mission on May 2, which took off from Westchester County Airport and brought them to Washington, D.C. for the day.

Among the distinguished passengers were two county employees from the Veterans Service Agency, Director Karl Rohde and Steve Seid, both Vietnam veterans; as well as Vietnam veterans Joseph Jacysyn, John Wighton, Daniel Dillon, John Healey and Kevin Neary; Korean War veteran Harold Demarsh; and World War II veteran Amedio Buttiglione.

More than 60 veterans were part of this Honor Flight, which took them to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial and other historic locations.

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight program seeks to express gratitude and honor the sacrifices made by veterans, allowing them to visit and reflect upon the memorials dedicated to their service in the nation's capital.

The day began with an emotional send-off at the airport commencing at 6:30 a.m., which was attended by Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne.

“It’s an incredible experience to watch these esteemed veterans depart for an Honor Flight mission,” he said. “I encourage everyone to attend an Honor Flight send-off or welcome home (celebration). We are forever indebted to these brave men and women who have selflessly served our country. Their dedication and sacrifice continue to inspire us all.”

Rohde shared his appreciation for being part of the 30th Honor Flight.

“It is a privilege to join my fellow veterans on this transformative journey,” he said. “The Hudson Valley Honor Flight not only allows us to visit the memorials that pay tribute to our service, but also offers a unique opportunity for camaraderie and reflection. I am deeply grateful to everyone involved in making this experience possible.”

Putnam County Legislator Erin Lee Crowley, who served as a guardian during the trip, said her experience was a humbling one.

“Their stories and their dedication to our country are truly awe-inspiring,” she said of veterans. “It is an honor to offer support and gratitude as we visit the memorials together, ensuring their sacrifices are never forgotten.”

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight continues to serve as a tribute to the men and women who have dedicated themselves to defending our nation. The journey to Washington, D.C., allows veterans to reflect on their service, fosters camaraderie among peers, and provides an opportunity for the community to express its gratitude.

For more information, visit HVHonorflight.com.

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