KEESEVILLE It’s been a busy week for North Country Honor Flight.
At their recent meeting Nov. 20, Honor Flight director Danny Kaifetz announced receipt of a substantial grant Honor Flight had just received. Through a Clinton County legislative resolution proposed by county legislator Peter Keenan and Jim Langley, Honor Flight was awarded $30,000 on Nov. 13 to carry on their upcoming missions next summer.
“This is not coming from tax payer money,” Kaifetz said. “This is tobacco settlement money that the counties have to use, and they voted to use some of it for Honor Flight.”
With Clinton County’s resolution now passed, legislator Mark Dame is now lobbying the four other counties in the North Country Honor Flight network, Essex, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson, to bring up similar resolutions. There are also numerous other grants available to organizations like Honor Flight, Kaifetz points out, and they are attempting to find a dedicated volunteer whose sole job will be to pursue grant money.
After sending five flights of World War II veterans to Washington D.C. this past summer, Honor Flight is planning on sending seven next summer. The first flight, which will be May 17, is already booked with 14 veterans, and is already paid for by fund raising. The $30,000 grant will pay for the next two Honor Flights, totaling three flights already paid for.
Honor Flight will be fund raising throughout the holiday season, and will have a table set up at the mall throughout the “Black Friday” weekend. They are also actively working for toy donations for the upcoming Teens for Marines/Toys for Tots event Dec. 13 at the Rainbow Banquet Hall in Altona.
Honor Flight is also raising funds for Wreaths Across America, which will take place on Dec. 14 at noon at the Old Base cemetery. Wreaths can be purchased for $15, to be placed on a veteran’s headstone at the cemetery. Their goal is to have a wreath on every headstone.