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Don Alhart Reflects On Mission 50

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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Don Alhart reflects on Mission 50

http://13wham.com/news/local/honor-flight-50-reflections-on-a-remarkable-journey

Mission 50 News Coverage

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Honor Flight Celebrates 50th Mission

Channel 13
http://13wham.com/news/top-stories/honor-flight-celebrates-50th-mission

Channel 10
http://www.whec.com/news/honor-flight-returns-home/4279930/?cat=565

Democrat and Chronicle
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/10/02/honor-flight-rochester-mission-50/91437392/

Time Warner Cable
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2016/10/3/honor-flight-rochester-50th-mission.html?cid=facebook_TWCNewsROC

Don Alhart reflects on Mission 50
http://13wham.com/news/local/honor-flight-50-reflections-on-a-remarkable-journey

Honor Flight Fact Sheet
honor-flight-rochester-fact-sheet_october-3-2016

Mission 50 Press Release

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Honor Flight Rochester Celebrates its Milestone 50th Mission Sunday
Veterans from WWII, Korean War, Cold War and the Vietnam War Fly Oct. 1-2

Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) has come a long way since its first mission in Oct. 2008. On Sunday, Oct. 2, HFR will welcome home 43 veterans from the Greater Rochester area as part of Mission 50. In eight years, HFR has flown 2,351 veterans to Washington, D.C.

Among the ranks of the 43 veterans on the Mission 50 roster are four who served in more than one era:

28 Korean War
11 World War II
2 Cold War / Vietnam War
1 World War II / Korean War
1 Korean War / Cold War / Vietnam War

These veterans served in the U.S. Navy (16), the U.S. Army (16), the U.S. Air Force (7), the U.S. Marine Corps (2), and the U.S. Army Air Corps (2).

For this special mission, HFR has invited back two very special veterans who supported HFR from its very earliest days, Tom Hope and Norm Bachman. Preceding the founding of HFR, Hope flew on a Lone Eagle flight in April 2008, while Bachman flew his Honor Flight out of Buffalo. Hope’s son, Vince, is a co-founder and past president of HFR. Bachman started the tradition of the enthusiastic HFR Welcome Home celebrations. He would bring two dozen of his family members, including his son, John, who will accompany him at the Mission 50 Welcome Home.

Marion Mench, a longtime HFR volunteer and wife of the late Edwin “Woody” Mench, a co-founder of HFR, will fly as a special emissary on Mission 50, along with members of the HFR Board of Directors and Leadership team, who will be part of the traveling volunteer team.

The keynote speakers for Sunday’s Welcome Home will be three of the founding members of HFR: Peter Glennon, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Co-Founder and Legal Counsel, and Jeff and Kim Gould, Co-Founders. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors.

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.com. Paper applications are also available.

One more mission (51) is planned for this year on Oct. 22-23.

DEPARTURE DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Arrive at Rochester Airport no later than 4 am.
DEPARTURE FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #783

RETURN DATE: Sunday, October 2, 2016
RETURN FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #324
RETURN FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:25 am.
DATE: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 11:55 a.m. after all veterans have deboarded the plan
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #324
SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:25 a.m.
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport
EMCEE: Don Alhart, 13WHAM TV News Anchor
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Peter Glennon, Jeff and Kim Gould
COLOR GUARD: Lady Liberties
MUSIC: Fairport FD Band
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).
DEPARTURE: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 50 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:00 a.m. The veterans and their guardians begin arriving at 4 a.m.

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, 2,351 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

Mission 49 News Coverage

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Honor Flight welcomes 54 veterans home – WROC-TV 8
http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/honor-flight-welcomes-54-veterans-home

9/11 tragedy remembered in Rochester – Democrat and Chronicle – Part of a large 9/11 story

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/09/11/911-tragedy-remembered-rochester/90016344/

HFR is mentioned about half way through the story.

Channel 10
http://www.whec.com/news/veterans-return-home-from-honor-fight/4260706/?cat=565

Check out our Honor Flight Rochester Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/HonorFlightRochester

Mission 49 News Release

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Honor Flight Rochester First Fall Mission Returns Sunday

Veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Cold War on Mission 49 Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) returns to the skies this weekend resuming Honor Flight trips to Washington, D.C. with veterans from the Greater Rochester area.

There are 54 veterans flying on Mission 49. Included among the men are 21 World War II veterans and 23 Korean War (1950-53) veterans and seven veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the years of 1947 to 1964 (sometimes called the “Cold War”). There is one veteran who served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars; and two who served in the Korean War and during the “Cold War” era.

The veterans served in the U.S. Army (23), the U.S. Navy (14), the U.S. Marine Corps (6), U.S. Army Air Corps (1) and U.S. Air Force (9). One veteran served in both the Army and then the Air Force while another served in the Navy and then the Air Force.

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

This is the first fall mission of 2016. Two more are planned for October, including the milestone Mission 50, scheduled for October 1-2. The last mission of the 2016 fall flying season is Mission 51, October 22-23.

DEPARTURE DATE: Saturday, September 10, 2016. Arrive at Rochester Airport no later than 4 am.

RETURN DATE: Return Home Sunday, September 11, 2016
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 11:45 a.m.
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #324
SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:20 a.m. (Sunday, September 11).
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport.
EMCEE: Maureen McGuire,WROC-TV 8 anchor.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Captain Zachary Callahan.
COLOR GUARD: Navy Reserve.
MUSIC: Gates Keystone Pipe and Drum
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).
DEPARTURE: Saturday, Sept., 10, 2016 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 49 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:00 a.m. The veterans and their guardians begin arriving at 4 a.m.

Captain Zachary Callahan

Captain Zachary Callahan has been an active volunteer with the Rochester Honor Flight program for the past 3 years. Mission 49 is his fourth trip down to Washington, D.C. He is a Rochester, a graduate of St. John Fisher’s College nursing program and is employed as an emergency/trauma nurse. He is a captain in the 914th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, 914th Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserves, located at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base. He, along with 16 of his fellow airmen just returned home after an eight month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

New Position – Veteran Experience Coordinator

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Honor Flight Rochester has created a new position called Veteran Experience Coordinator. Jennifer Wiley has been appointed to this position, effective immediately. Congratulations Jen!

August 2016 Newsletter

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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View HFR Newsletter August 2016 in Full Page View

News Coverage for Brasstacular

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Brasstacular on YNN, WHEC, and Channel 8

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/honor-flight-music-festival

http://www.whec.com/news/concert-helps-raise-money-honor-flight-rochester-/4217553/?cat=565

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2016/08/1/honor-flight-fundraiser.html

American St. Nick To Receive The Highest Military Decoration Of Luxembourg

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Mr. Richard Brookins, the American St. Nicolas or as he’s known in Luxembourg, “the American Kleeschen” is set to receive the Military Medal of Luxembourg, that country’s highest military honor. See the link below for more info:

http://www.americanstnick.com/#!AMERICAN-ST-NICK-TO-RECEIVE-THE-HIGHEST-MILITARY-DECORATION-OF-LUXEMBOURG/c2ni/576eae1f0cf2816ad17362e9

Mission 48 News Release

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Honor Flight Rochester Welcomes Home Mission 48 on Father’s Day

Father’s Day celebration typically draws large crowd

Father’s Day is a special day for the fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfather veterans who are returning home on Honor Flight Rochester’s Mission 48 Sunday, June 19. Father’s Day typically draws a large crowd of flag-waving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to welcome home their heroes.

There are 56 veterans slated to fly on Mission 48. Included among the ranks are 9 World War II veterans and 41 Korean War (1950-53) and two Vietnam War veterans. There is one veteran who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. One who served in WWII and Korea; one who served in Korea, the “cold” war era, and Vietnam; and one who served in Korea and the “cold” war.

The veterans served in the U.S. Army (25), the U.S. Navy (13), the U.S. Marine Corps (1), U.S. Army Air Corps (1) and U.S. Air Forces (16).

This is the final spring mission of 2016. Honor Flight Rochester resumes Honor Flights in the fall of 2016.

DATE: Sunday, June 19, 2016
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 11:45 a.m.
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #923
SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:20 a.m. (Sunday, June 19).
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport.
EMCEE: Ginny Ryan, 13WHAM-TV anchor.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: William Yale, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Director of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
COLOR GUARD: Palmyra Legion Post
MUSIC: Palmyra Fife and Drum
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).

DEPARTURE: Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 48 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:00 a.m. The veterans and their guardians begin arriving at 4 a.m.

William Yale is a retired Parachute Rigger of the U.S. Navy. He deployed on two Mediterranean cruises along with deployments to the Caribbean and the North Atlantic, where he became a Royal Order of the Blue Nose while crossing the Arctic Circle. He also served aboard the U.S.S. Nassau (LHA-4) in 1984 for operations in Beirut, Lebanon and later served aboard the U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10) during Desert Storm.

Among his decorations, he has been awarded three Navy Achievement Medals, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Beirut), the Southwest Asia Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal during the Persian Gulf War. Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy in March of 1999, he earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Funeral Administration with a minor in Mortuary Science. In the civilian sector, he has practiced as a licensed NY State funeral director followed by Federal Service with the National Cemetery Administration at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is currently the director of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seneca County, NY. Director Yale was inducted into the NY State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014.

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 trip is free to all World War II, Korean or Vietnam veterans and to veterans of any era who suffer a terminal illness. Rochester’s flying season is April to October. To date, 2,231 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full scale flights in early 2009.