37 Vietnam War veterans receive long overdue recognition and thanks for military service.
On Saturday, August 13, 2022, the American Airpower Museum and Honor Flight Long Island are hosting a reunion of 37 Vietnam-era veterans and one WWII veteran. On June 4, 2022, Honor Flight escorted this group of veterans on an early morning free flight to Washington, DC. Veterans and their carers visited WWII and Vietnam memorials and Arlington National Cemetery for a changing of the guard. They returned to Islip later that evening to a rousing welcome from the Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums Band, plus thunderous applause from hundreds of family members and supporters!
According to Bill Jones, President of Honor Flight Long Island, West Point 1972 graduate and US Army veteran: “This special flight included 37 Vietnam veterans who received long overdue recognition and gratitude for their military service. They were accompanied on this flight by an older comrade, a Greatest Generation World War II veteran. What this flight represented was a ‘big hug’ to all of our Honor Flight veterans, their families and supporters who make flights like this possible,” he said.
On August 13, the museum opens at 10:30 a.m. and the reunion is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AAM’s Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY. The public is encouraged to watch, applaud and cheer for the veterans during the “honoring ceremony” as each is presented with a personalized tribute journal featuring photos taken during their historic day in Washington, DC. Entry for the 38 veterans, their guardians and families is free. Members of the public who come to the event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. can attend free of charge. After 12:00 PM, regular museum admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and veterans, and $10 for children (5-12 years old).
This grand patriotic event includes speeches from HFLI President Bill Jones and AAM President and Founder Jeff Clyman. Elected officials are expected to be present and present citations to the veterans. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Band will play a patriotic medley known as the “Armed Forces Salute” featuring five official tunes of the US Armed Forces: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by HFLI. Come and honor Long Island’s local heroes!
The American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport is Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum.