Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Honor Flights Get Vets to D.C

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Honor Flights Get Vets to D.C

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Angelo DiNorcio said was he was honored and thrilled to be among 80 veterans who toured the monuments of the nation's capital this month, but it was the fanfare in the early morning as the group set off and at night when they returned that really got him.

"People lined up in the streets, young children, old people waving flags," said DiNorcio, who is 85 and served in the Army in Germany after World War II. "Very, very impressive. It was just fantastic."

The trip and the warm welcome, all free of charge to the veterans, was made possible by an upstate New York outfit that is one of 132 chapters of the national Honor Flight Network, based out of Ohio.

The Oct. 10 trip that included DiNorcio and more than 80 area veterans, seven from North Jersey, was run by Hudson Valley Honor Flight from Stewart International Airport. It was the organization's ninth flight since its launch in 2012, said Beth Vought, the group's executive director.

Vought said the organization puts out local news releases, updates local veterans organizations and pushes information through social media to ensure that people know about the flights. That may explain why people waving flags and cheering show up at the airport, even at the crack of dawn, to wish the veterans well.

DiNorcio, of Maywood, said he wouldn't have been able to make the trip and see all of the sights in Washington, D.C., had it not been for the help of Honor Flight. Now, the Hudson Valley group is scheduling trips from Westchester County, and hopes that will appeal to more veterans from northern New Jersey.

DiNorcio's group exited the plane in D.C. and boarded buses to visit the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Herman Berzon, 88, of Mahwah said in a phone interview that the city had been transformed since he last visited. Each of the memorials they saw, except for the tomb at Arlington, had been built since Berzon last saw the city at the end of World War II while stationed there for U. …

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