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A Memorial Day Tribute To Our Veterans – Just A Common Soldier

Friday, May 26th, 2017

This is why we do what we do in Honor Flight.  Thanks to Bruce P. for passing this along.

Click on the link below for a YouTube video called:  Just A Common Soldier

Just A Common Soldier

Please honor and give thanks to our veterans this Memorial Day.

Mission 53 News Release

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) Mission 53 Departs From Rochester on Saturday May 13 with 55 veterans

HFR will welcome home our 55 Mission 53 veterans to Rochester this Sunday, May 14. This HFR’s second mission of 2017.

The men and women veterans on Mission 53 served our nation in such conflicts as World War II, the Korean War (1950-53), and the Vietnam War. Some saw service during the Cold War period. Some served through more than one conflict. They wore the uniforms of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The two-day HFR trip to Washington D.C. to visit the nation’s memorials is free to all honored veterans. Flights are possible through community gifts and contributions. Veterans are encouraged to register for their honor flight at honorflightrochester.org. Paper applications are also available at various town halls.

DEPARTURE DATE: Saturday, May 13, – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 53 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6 a.m. The veterans and their guardians arrive at 4 a.m.

RETURN DATE: Sunday, May 14, 2017

RETURN FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #6277

SCHEDULE RETURN FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 12:15 p.m.

PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 12:40 p.m. after all veterans disembark the plane

WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport

EMCEE: Maureen McGuire, WROC-TV 8

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Speaker Rich Stewart, President Honor Flight Rochester.

COLOR GUARD: U.S. Navy Reserve.

MUSIC: Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department. LumenEssence (U.S. anthem).

HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).

Honor Flight Rochester (www.honorflightrochester.org) – one of 135 established hubs in 42 states the national Honor Flight Network – is a not-for-profit, fully-volunteer organization with a goal of taking every World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War veteran from the Greater Rochester area who otherwise would or could not go, to visit and reflect together at Washington D.C. Memorials built in their honor. The two-day HFR trip is free to all World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and veterans who served during the years 1947 – 1964 (“Cold War”). It’s also open to veterans of any era who suffer a catastrophic illness. Rochester’s flying season is April to October. To date, 2,477 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scale flights in early 2009.

April 2017 Newsletter

Monday, April 24th, 2017

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Click On the Link Below to Open the April 2017 HRF Newsletter:

HFR Newsletter April 2017

 

Mission 52 News Coverage

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Channel 10 – Veterans head to Washington on Honor Flight
Channel 13 -Vets honored: Honor Flight Completes 1st Mission of 2017
http://13wham.com/news/local/vets-honored-honor-flight-completes-1st-mission-of-2017
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Mission 52 Welcome Home!! Photos will be available later this week on our Shutterfly page:
https://honorflightrochester.shutterfly.com/
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More Information On Our Facebook Page at:
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Mission 52 News Release

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Honor Flight Rochester Welcomes Home First Mission of 2017

Mission 52 departs Saturday April 8 and returns Sunday April 9 with 45 veterans

On Sunday, April 9, Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) will welcome home 45 veterans as part of Mission 52. This will be HFR’s first mission of 2017.

Among the ranks of the 45 veterans on the Mission 52 roster are two who served in more than one era:

  • 28  Korean War
  • 14 World War II
  • 2 Korean War/ Cold War / Vietnam
  • 1 Vietnam War

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (21), the U.S. Navy (15), the U.S. Army Air Corps (5), Army/Navy (1), the U.S. Air Force (2), and the U.S. Marines (1).

The two-day HFR trip to Washington D.C. to visit the nation’s memorials is free to all honored veterans.  Flights are possible through community gifts and contributions. Veterans are encouraged to register for their honor flight at honorflightrochester.org.  Paper applications are also available.

DEPARTURE:  Saturday, April 8, 2017. The veterans and their guardians arrive at Rochester International Airport at 4 a.m. Honor Flight Rochester Mission 52 departs at 6:10 a.m on Southwest Airlines Flight 2655.

RETURN DATE: Sunday, April 9, 2017

RETURN FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #6277

SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 12:10 p.m.

PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 12:40 p.m. after all veterans disembark the plane

WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport

EMCEE: Don Alhart, 13WHAM TV News Anchor

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: New York State Senator Joseph Robach

COLOR GUARD: Navy Reserve

MUSIC: C.A. Palmer Fife and Drum Corps

HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).

Honor Flight Rochester (www.honorflightrochester.org) – one of 135 established hubs in 42 states the national Honor Flight Network – is a not-for-profit, fully-volunteer organization with a goal of taking every World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War veteran from the Greater Rochester area who otherwise would or could not go, to visit and reflect together at Washington D.C. Memorials built in their honor.  The two-day HFR trip is free to all World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and veterans who served during the years 1947 – 1964 (“Cold War”). It’s also open to veterans of any era who suffer a catastrophic illness. Rochester’s flying season is April to October. To date, 2,434 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scale flights in early 2009.

13WHAM Thank You For Your Service: An Honor Flight Special Report

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Here is a link to the 13 WHAM special on Honor Flight Rochester special originally aired on Wednesday April 6, 2017.

http://13wham.com/news/special-reports/honor-flight-special-report

93-Year-Old WWII Vet Strikes Patriotic Chord With His Harmonica

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Click on the link below to read an article that appeared in the Saturday (1/28) D&C:

This page also includes video’s to Pete’s playing the national anthem at an Amerks game and his playing America the Beautiful at Pearl Harbor.

93-year-old WWII vet strikes patriotic chord with his harmonica

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/01/27/harmonica-pete-wwii-veteran-united-states-military-greatest-generation/97087598/

D.C. Honor Flight trip brought tears to Geneseo veteran’s eyes

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Click on the link below to read a Livingston County News Article:

D.C. Honor Flight trip brought tears to Geneseo veteran’s eyes

http://www.thelcn.com/lcn02/dc-honor-flight-trip-brought-tears-to-geneseo-veterans-eyes-20170109&

Harmonica Pete Plays National Anthem On The 75th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The link below will take you to the USA Today’s website where they have posted a video of Harmonica Pete playing the National Anthem On The 75th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor.

A 97-year-old WW2 vet used only his harmonica to perform the national anthem. It was perfect.

Battle of the Bulge Survivors Remembered on Veterans Day

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – Veterans Day 2016 is not just another Veterans Day.

Each year, those who served in WWII stand alongside fewer comrades than the year before.

Click on the link above to go to the WHAM 13 Website for a nice tribute to our local Battle of the Bulge Veterans.