A Brewster resident is among those who were on the most recent Honor Flights to Washington DC. An Honor Flight is free transportation for veterans to be able to see the war monuments erected in their honor at the Nation's Capital.
86-year old Salvatore Inserra is a World War II Navy veteran. He says last Saturday is one of the days he will remember for the rest of his life. He experienced the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery, saying it made him recall his days in Guam, where he was stations for 16 months in 1945 and 46. His squad's job was to guard the Japanese Prisoners of War.
Inserra has lived in Brewster since 2003 and is the chaplain of the VFW Post.
The Honor Flight Network program was created by Earl Morse, a physician assistant in the Air Force. After completing 27 years in the service, Morse retired in 1998 and wanted to do something more for veterans. Today, the Honor Flight Network has more than 70 chapters throughout the United States and 2013 marks their ninth year transporting more than 81,000 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to the nation’s capitol.
Guardians wishing to accompany a veteran pay their own way at a cost of approximately $400.