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Mission 56 News Release

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

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

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

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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Channel 8 Link to HFR:
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Spectrum Link – Video and Article
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On Wings of Honor – 55 Plus Magazine

July 3rd, 2017

Nice article on Honor Flight Rochester from 55 Plus Magazine at the link below:

On Wings of Honor – 55 Plus Magazine for Rochester’s active adults

Thank You Victor!

June 29th, 2017

A BIG THANK YOU from Honor Flight Rochester to the Town of Victor and the Alex P. Davis Memorial Golf Tournament for their generous donations to our organization!

Messenger Post News Article:  http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20170703/victor-offers-its-gratitude-for-service

Mission 54 Media Coverage

June 19th, 2017

Mission 54 Media Coverage:

Channel 8:

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/honor-flight-54-was-once-in-a-life-time-experience-for-veterans-of-the-greater-rochester-area/744698913

Channel 10:

http://www.whec.com/news/honor-flight-big-welcome-fathers-day/4518032/?cat=565

Spectrum News

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2017/06/19/father-s-day-honor-flight-veteran-dads.html

Mission 54 News Release

June 12th, 2017

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Honor Flight Rochester Welcomes Home Veterans on Father’s Day

Mission 54 returns with 59 veterans on June 18

On Sunday, June 18, Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) will welcome home 59 veterans as part of Mission 54. This will be HFR’s third mission of 2017.

Among the ranks of veterans on Mission 54 roster are:

  • 35 Korean War
  • 11 World War II
  • 4  Korean War/Cold War
  • 3  World War II/Korea
  • 3  Cold War
  • 2  Vietnam War
  • 1   Cold War/Vietnam War

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (33), the U.S. Navy (10), the U.S. Air Force (7), the U.S. Marines (5), the U.S. Army Air Corps (3), and the U.S. Coast Guard (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 DATE: Saturday, June 17 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 54 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:25 a.m. The veterans and their guardians arrive at 4 a.m.

RETURN DATE: Sunday, June 18, 2017

FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #2973

RETURN FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 12:40 p.m.

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

WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport

EMCEE: Adam Chodak, Anchor and Managing Editor, WROC-TV 8

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mike Giardino, Director of Aviation, Greater Rochester International Airport and retired  U.S. Navy Commander

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Pete Dupre

COLOR GUARD: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20

MUSIC: Fairport Fire Department

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, 2,531 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scale flights in early 2009.

Memorial Day Stories From Our Veterans

May 31st, 2017

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Harmonica Pete Tunes Up To Throw Out First Pitch at a Nationals Game:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/2017/05/26/harmonica-pete-tunes-up-arm-1st-pitch-nationals-game/348736001/

Veteran John Foy explains the importance of Memorial Day:

http://www.whec.com/news/veterans-john-foy-memorial-day-importance/4498571/

 

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

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 57
October 21-22
Unfortunately veterans cannot choose what flight they will travel on due to medical and logistic issues associated with the flight process. We also encourage veterans from the Syracuse and Buffalo area's to visit and register with their local Honor Flight hubs before registering with Rochester Honor Flight.