WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Honor Flight Buffalo had flown more than five hundred veterans to Washington, D.C. before it dissolved earlier this year. Now the organization is back. It has reformed with the help of the Albany branch.
Honor Flight Buffalo will escort 44 World War II veterans to the memorial. One of them is Mort Korn from Williamsville who served in the Navy at age 17.
He said, “I can’t stand old people.” Korn turns 93 Thursday. But, he said too many people his age give up.
He said, “I find that there’s so much in life that you can do, you can stay active and I’m very grateful that i’m healthy, I have no problems knock on wood and I can enjoy life.”
And enjoy life he will. His next adventure will take him on Honor Flight with his eldest son Bruce. He said, “I’m an active World War II Veteran, and I feel thrilled and honored that i’m able to go.”
Honor Flight Buffalo briefly disappeared, mainly because of a lack of volunteers willing to organize it.
Now its back, merging with the Albany chapter.
Most of Korn’s service was in the Philippines in the Navy. Near the end of the war he was promoted to full Lieutenant and “Skipper” of his ship. He said, “It’s a shame we had to go to war, but I still worry about what’s going on in this country, in this world today.”
And because of that he gives back. For years he’s been dedicated to giving to youth programs across the area. He said, “You’re motivated to help people because, maybe i’m lucky to be around, I’m lucky to have a good life, why not share it with people who are less fortunate?”
Honor Flight hopes to have another trip before the fall. They are also asking people to come out for the morning send off ceremony and the welcome home ceremony on June 11 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.