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April 2017 Newsletter

Monday, April 24th, 2017


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

HFR Newsletter April 2017


Mission 52 News Coverage

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Channel 10 – Veterans head to Washington on Honor Flight
Channel 13 -Vets honored: Honor Flight Completes 1st Mission of 2017
Mission 52 Welcome Home!! Photos will be available later this week on our Shutterfly page:
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Mission 52 News Release

Thursday, April 6th, 2017


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  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


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 (

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, 2,434 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.

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

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

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.


Mission 51 News Coverage

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Channel 8

Channel 10

Channel 13

Democrat and Chronicle

Time Warner Cable News

Honor Flight Day Proclamation

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Thank you to Monroe County and Executive Cheryl Dinolfo for your continued support!  All of us at Honor Flight Rochester are very honored to receive this proclamation and recognition.