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Remember to Donate to HFR on Roc The Day 11/28!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Remember to Donate to HFR on Roc The Day 11/28!

Search the Roc The Day website by Honor Flight Rochester and follow the instructions!  Thank you in advance for your generous donation.

From the Honor Flight Rochester Leadership Team

Tom Hope, Rest In Peace

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) is saddened by the loss of one of its first and biggest supporters, Tom Hope, but his memory will remain with us forever. Tom, a World War II veteran, flew as a Lone Eagle with the National Honor Flight Network in April 2008 with his son, Vince, as guardian. That experience sparked what would later become Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., which included Vince Hope as a co-founder and past president.

Tom was among the many dignitaries to welcome home HFR’s first Mission in October 2008. Eight years later, HFR was honored to have Tom at the Welcome Home celebration for our milestone 50th mission on September 22, 2016. Tom was an extraordinary person. A great American. A great husband. And a great father of three sons. We will miss Tom Hope, but we know that his spirit will continue flying with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Click on the link below to open the Fall 2017 HRF newsletter:

HFR NewsletterFall 2017

Link to Honor Flight Friend Sam Cooper D&C Article

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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Link to Sam Cooper D&C article.

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Mission 57 Media Coverage

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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WHAM Channel 13
http://13wham.com/news/local/crowd-greets-47-veterans-for-final-honor-flight-of-the-year 

WHEC Channel 10 
http://www.whec.com/news/honor-flight-rochester/4643107/

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Mission 57 News Release

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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Last Mission of 2017 for Honor Flight Rochester
47 veterans return Oct. 22 on Mission 57

Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) will welcome home 47 veterans on Sunday, Oct. 22, in the last mission of 2017. HFR has now escorted more than 2,600 men and women veterans to Washington, DC.

Among the ranks of veterans on the Mission 57 roster are:

  • 19 Korean War
  • 5 World War II
  • 12 Cold War
  • 7 Cold War/Vietnam War
  • 3 Vietnam War
  • 1 Korea/Cold War

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (19), the U.S. Navy (14), the U.S. Air Force (11), and the U.S. Marines (3).

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 DATE: Saturday, Oct. 21 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 57 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:25 a.m. The veterans and their guardians arrive at 4 a.m.
RETURN DATE: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #3568
RETURN FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 1:10 p.m. after all veterans disembark the plane
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport
EMCEE: Rebecca LeClair, former news broadcaster and owner of Leclair Communications, LLC
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bing Reaves, Sr., Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, Genesee District
NATIONAL ANTHEM: LumenEssence
COLOR GUARD: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20
MUSIC: Prime Time Brass
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, 2,589 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scaleflights in early 2009.

View our past Mission photos at: www.honorflightrochester.shutterfly.com

Honor Flight Rochester. Please Join Us – Generously. All THEY did… was save the world!

Media Contact:
Neil Fagenbaum
585.353.2958

Mission 56 News Release

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Honor Flight Rochester Gives Veterans Their Homecoming

Mission 56 Veterans will be Honored Sunday, Oct. 1.

They left their homes and families to serve their country in the U.S. armed forces during some of the most tumultuous and tense times of their generation. They often returned home with little fanfare. It is now Honor Flight Rochester’s (HFR) privilege to welcome home the 47 veterans (one woman and 46 men) of Mission 56.  The homecoming is Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Greater Rochester International Airport.  This is HFR’s fifth mission of 2017.

The Mission 56 veterans served during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and in the era in the 1950s – 1960s often referred to as the “cold war.”

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (18), the U.S. Navy (15), the U.S. Air Force (8), the U.S. Marines (3), the U.S. Army Air Corps (2), and one veteran did service in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

The two-day HFR trip to Washington D.C. to visit the nation’s memorials is free for World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and veterans who served between 1947 – 1964. It’s also open to veterans of any era who suffer a catastrophic illness.

Flights are possible through community gifts and contributions. To date, HFR has taken 2,634 on their honor flight. Veterans are encouraged to register for their honor flight at honorflightrochester.org.  Paper applications are also available.

DEPARTURE DATE:  Saturday, Sept. 30 departs at 6:25 a.m.

RETURN DATE: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #3658.

RETURN FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 12:25 p.m.

PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 1:10 p.m. after all veterans disembark the plane.

WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport.

EMCEE:  Ginny Ryan, 13WHAM-TV.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jim Barger, President, Rochester Market, KeyBank. Commander, U.S. Navy.

NATIONAL ANTHEM:  Arnie Rychliki and Tom Allen.

COLOR GUARD:  U.S. Navy Reserve.

MUSIC: All In Brass Band

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

James R. Barger is president of the Rochester Market as well as Commercial Banking Sales Leader for the Rochester Market for KeyBank N.A. Prior to joining KeyBank, Barger held several positions in banking and industry. He was a commander (active duty: 1986-1991; reserve 1992 – 2006) and nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.  He served on U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) from 1986-89 and the U.S.S. Batfish from 1990-91. He is a Gulf War veteran. Barger holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a master’s in business administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Barger is a Board Member of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, and Rochester Prep. Barger and his wife Rita and their four children live in Pittsford. He is an avid bicyclist and skier.

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, 2,634 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scale flights in early 2009.

View our past Mission photos at:  www.honorflightrochester.shutterfly.com

HFR Interview With Rochester CityWise – YouTube Video

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Click on the link below to see the  CityWise Interview with Honor Flight Rochester President Rich Stewart

The interview was conducted on August 10, aired on August 24th, and published to YouTube on 9/1/17:

https://youtu.be/ux2NLVjP0SU

 

Honor Flight at Victor-Farmington Rotary Meeting

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Click on the link below to view an article from the Daily Messenger website as Victor-Farmington Rotary discuss aviation programs

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20170808/victor-farmington-rotary-discuss-aviation-programs

We Need Veterans for Honor Flights

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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Honor Flight Rochester has taken 2,588 men and women veterans from the Greater Rochester area on 54 well-deserved Honor Flight missions to visit their memorials in the nation’s capital.

Click on the link (a Microsoft Word document will open) below for more information on how to apply for a future Honor Flight mission.   Thank you to all our veterans!

HFR Wants You for an Honor Flight

Channel 13 Link To HRF:
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Spectrum Link – Video and Article
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