Honor Flight (Aired on March 10 and March 11th 2018)
Highland Rotarian Christine Giangrasso visits RadioRotary to talk primarily about the Hudson Valley Honor Flights, especially the one she participated in recently. Honor Flights are fully paid for visits to Washington, D.C. for veterans of World War II or the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. Volunteers (who pay their own way) pair with a veteran as they visit the war memorials in Washington and other important national sites such as the Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. The veterans are treated as true celebrities all along the way, from bands and flag wavers as they leave Stewart Airport to a welcome by Boy Scouts on their return. Ms. Giangrasso, who is also the incoming Rotary District 7210 Governor for 2018-19, also tells about some of the other activities of the Highland Rotary Club, including their famous Ribfest (3rd week in August). Listen for an emotional account of her experience accompanying a Korean War veteran on his big day.