During the pre-flight ceremony for the Leatherstocking Honor Flight on Saturday morning, May 3, at Albany International Airport, 52 World War II veterans were honored.

Among the presenters was Steve Dorsey, local president of the Local I-65 of the International Association of Firefighters at Albany International Airport’s Fire Department. He presented a check for $5,100 to the organizers. The contribution will be used to send World War II veterans to the World War II Memorial on future flights to Washington, D.C.

Members of the fire department held their annual Boot Drive for charitable causes. The most recent drive saw drivers drop $5,100 in the firefighters’ boots.

“Nationwide, there are over 16,000 World War II veterans waiting to travel to Washington to visit their memorial,” said Dorsey. “We hope that our contribution will recognize the sacrifices made by our local veterans and help make possible their journey to the World War II Memorial.”

Leatherstocking Honor Flight is a not-for-profit entity, created to honor America's WWII veterans for their service to their country. Leatherstocking Honor Flight is one of more than 100 established 'hubs' in the national Honor Flight Network.

Funding for each Honor Flight comes primarily from individuals across the country who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to experience their WWII Memorial. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, posts and chapters, as well as various corporations on a local level.

Leatherstocking Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone except World War II Veterans who have not benefited from the experience of an Honor Flight Tour.