Veterans wing their way to Washington D.C. to celebrate and reflect on their legacy of service to this nation.

The group had a big send-off early Saturday morning at Stewart Airport, as they embarked on the trip put together by Hudson Valley's chapter of Honor Flight. They will be touring through the sights and monuments at the Capitol, with all expenses taken care of.


A total of 84 veterans took flight, ranging in age from a 108-year-old World War 2 veteran, to former troops who served during Desert Storm. One of them told us exactly why this trip is so meaningful to him.

"Because it shows appreciation for the country. They appreciate what we did," said veteran Francis Bestenheider.

This is the 22nd mission for Hudson Valley Honor Flight, and organizers say it is also the biggest one yet.