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A flight to honor WWII veterans

Dorothy LeClair, an Army Nurse during World War II, holding a photo of herself, left, and her husband, Carl LeClair, who served in the Army during World War II.

Dorothy LeClair, an Army Nurse during World War II, holding a photo of herself, left, and her husband, Carl LeClair, who served in the Army during World War II. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— “I was no hero,” Cowles said. “We just did our jobs.”

It is clear as Cowles speaks that he believes that, too—that he and his fellow World War II veterans were just doing a job that needed to be done.

On May 29, 2004, the first-ever memorial to World War II veterans was dedicated to the honor of those who fought in that war.

One year later, the Honor Flight Network brought 12 World War II veterans from Ohio to see the memorial.

It would be the first of many such flights.

On Saturday, May 18, North Country Honor Flights will bring its first group of veterans to the memorial, and Cowles will be among them.

“I almost see the guys that got killed and hurt,” Cowles said. “I have that feeling that they’re there, and I’m there. It (visiting the memorial) is something that is most necessary in my life.”

Danny Kaifetz is the director of North Country Honor Flights, which is a part of the larger Honor Flight Network.

“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about them. This is the best way to honor them.”

Currently, North Country Honor Flights has two flights scheduled—one on May 18 and the other June 15. There will be two more in the fall, but the dates have yet to be determined.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization, so it relies on contributions and volunteers to fund the flights.

To that end, the North Country Honor Flight held its second annual Cabin Fever party at the VFW in Keeseville on Saturday, March 2.

Chicken dinner sales, raffles and an auction helped raise money to send five veterans on the upcoming honor flights.

For many of them, it will be their first time seeing the memorial, but some have been there before.

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