(WBNG) -- With this year's Honor Flight trips canceled due to the pandemic, organizers are sharing when local veterans will be able to go next year.
Board Member and Treasurer of Twin Tiers Honor Flight, Steve Gardner, says the idea behind the trips is to recognize and honor those who've served our country.
"The whole mission is to take as many veterans as we can, those who were in World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, down to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments that have been erected for them."
Gardner has been part of the organization since 2015 and says they've been able to take more than 500 local veterans to visit the nation's capital since they've started. Adding, it's an experience like no other.
"It's a very moving experience for everybody," Gardner said "For the guardians that we take down with us to look over the veterans, and for the staff that goes down, it's extremely moving to see these veterans and what they experience when they see the monuments that are there for them."
The first trip for 2021 is a day trip planned for Wednesday, April 28. It will leave from the Greater Binghamton Airport at 7:00 a.m. and return that evening around 7:30 p.m.
The second is a two-day bus trip on November 6 and 7. They'll leave from the American Legion Post 1645 in Binghamton on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and return Sunday at around 6:30 p.m.
Gardner said fundraising for future trips is happening right now. If you'd like to contribute or learn more about the trips, you can do so by visiting www.twintiershonorflight.org