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Frances Constantikes of Mount Vernon still has a Liberty Pass from her time with the Women’s Army Corps at Camp Kilmer in New York during World War II. She got it out to show Gary Pietrangelo, a guardian for Honor Flight who went to school with Mrs. Constantikes’ daughter.
Frances Constantikes of Mount Vernon still has a Liberty Pass from her time with the Women’s Army Corps at Camp Kilmer in New York during World War II. She got it out to show Gary Pietrangelo, a guardian for Honor Flight who went to school with Mrs. Constantikes’ daughter. (Photo by Chuck Martin) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
March 25, 2013 10:35 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Veterans who have taken the Honor Flights to visit Washington D.C. gathered Saturday afternoon at Emeritus at Hillenvale to renew friendships made on the flight and to share stories of their trip and their time in the military.

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Honor Flight volunteers John and Diane Holley organized the event, which has become a annual reunion. Hillenvale provided the facilities for the event, Dave Culbertson of Real Living arranged for the food and the Pink Cupcake donated a special cake for the event.

John Holley welcomed the 30 or so veterans, some with spouses or other family members, plus flight volunteers and representatives of local veterans’ organizations, telling them to “enjoy each other’s company.”

Mount Vernon VFW Post Commander Mark Swindel added his welcome, thanking the veterans “for all you have given to the country” and thanking Honor Flight for giving so many veterans the chance to visit all the memorials in the nation’s capitol. Honor flight began as a chance for World War II veterans to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, but has grown to include veterans of later conflicts, as well.

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