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World War II vets sent to see memorial for free
LATHAM -- It was a warm and patriotic send off Saturday morning for Capital Region World War two veterans at the Albany International Airport. That's despite the fact that just days ago the government was partially shut down, closing the World War Two Memorial in Washington D.C, these veterans (many of whom are in their 80's and 90's) will get to see it first hand.
They are being flown at no charge, all a part of the Honor Flight Program. Many of them are relieved the shutdown is over in Washington, and will have access to the memorial dedicated in their honor
"I was very concerned, that we may not even be able to get in, so I was glad to see they were pushing the gate beside so the old veterans could all get in," Bill Mayer tells us.
Despite frustrations, both congressmen Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson received a round of applause.
"I hope they have a tremendous day, they have earned this with every bit of their bravery their courage, their selflessness, and their love of nation, and their love of the community," Tonko says.
The mission of Honor Flight is more than timely, according to the organization nearly 13 hundred World War II and Korean War vets are lost a day.
It's their goal to make sure all of them who otherwise could or would not go, are able to see the memorials there for them.