NICHOLS, N.Y. - Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, N.Y. and chairman and CEO of American Racing and Entertainment, announced recently that he will be funding an Honor Flight trip, intended to transport, free of charge, WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill veterans to Memorials in Washington, D.C. on April 5.

Gural, who has been a large supporter of area veterans, has been planning to fund the Honor Flight trip, and has now set these plans in motion.

Working with Deanna Deneen, who heads up the Honor Flight Hub serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, an arranged flight will facilitate 50 veterans and their guardians for a visit to the Memorials.

The flight will depart Binghamton, N.Y. on April 5, fly to the D.C. area for visits to the Korean War Memorial, and the WWII Memorial located on the National Mall. A stop is also planned at the Changing of the Guards in Arlington.

Deneen stated that the flight will be met by charter buses that will transport the veterans, and that the buses will receive an honorary police escort to the Memorials.

Deneen is currently taking names for the flight, and those interested should visit twintiershonorflight.org, download an application, and then email it to deannadeneen@gmail.com. Applications can also be mailed to Deneen, and that address is located on the form.

Applications will be accepted until the flight is filled up, and those who are unable to get on this flight will be put on a waiting list for future available flights.