ALBANY, N.Y. - One day after the 70th anniversary of D-Day, World War II Veterans boarded an Honor Flight out of Albany.
More than 50 veterans boarded the flight on Saturday morning. Most of those who went on the experience are in their late 80s and 90s.
The group took off early Saturday morning and when they returned in the evening to family members, fellow veterans, patriot guards, and others at gate of Albany International Airport, in order to give the vets a hero’s welcome.
Al Oudekerk was greeted at the airport by his wife, children and grandchildren. The former Air Force veteran is 87-years-old and his wife said the trip meant so much to him.
The Leatherstocking Honor Flight is the Capital District's longest operating non-profit organization, which flies WWII vets to Washington DC for free.