Archive for the ‘News’ Category

February 2018 Newsletter

Monday, February 19th, 2018


Click on the link below to open the February 2017 Newsletter:

HFR February 2018 Newsletter

2/14 D&C Article On HFR & Veterans Griffin and Bilancini

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Click on the link below to see a 2/14 D&C article by Jim Memmott featuring HFR and veterans John Griffin and Guy Bilancini.

Congratulations Pat Mason, HFR Volunteer of the Year!

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Congratulations to Pat Mason, recipient of the HRF Volunteer of the Year at the 2018 HRF The Volunteer Thank You event at Post 468.

Thank You – Chili American Legion Post Riders

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Attached is a photo of the Chili American Legion Post Riders presenting Honor Flight Rochester a donation from their Poker Run.  Thank you for your support!

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
Link to Sam Cooper D&C article.


Mission 57 Media Coverage

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
WHAM Channel 13 

WHEC Channel 10


Mission 57 News Release

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


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 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
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
COLOR GUARD: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20
MUSIC: Prime Time Brass
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (

Honor Flight Rochester ( – 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:

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

Media Contact:
Neil Fagenbaum