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Mission 49 News Coverage

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

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

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

August 8th, 2016

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News Coverage for Brasstacular

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

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

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.

June 2016 Newsletter

June 4th, 2016

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Mission 47 Media Coverage

May 23rd, 2016

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Time Warner Cable News: Honor Flight Welcomes Home 60 Veterans
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2016/05/23/honor-flight-welcomes-home-60-veterans-.html

WROC Channel 8: Honor Flight Returns With 60 Veterans On Sunday
http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/honor-flight-returns-with-sixty-veterans-on-sunday

WHAM 13 News: Largest Honor Flight Lands In Rochester
http://13wham.com/news/local/largest-honor-flight-lands-in-rochester

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Honor Flight Mission 47
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/05/22/honor-flight-rochester-mission-47/84748174/

Honor Flight Rochester Facebook Page:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208477403405457&id=1618340681

Mission 47 News Release

May 22nd, 2016

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60 Veterans Return Home Sunday, May 22, on Honor Flight Rochester Mission 47

Group is largest number of veterans on a single mission

ROCHESTER, NY – The largest number of veterans taken on a single Honor Flight Rochester mission return home Sunday, May 22. Sixty veterans—59 men and 1 woman—are scheduled to fly on Mission 47, the second flight of 2016. The veterans include heroes who served their country in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and those who served between 1947 – 1964.

Mission 47 includes 9 WW II veterans, 49 Korean veterans, one Korean War/Vietnam War veteran, and one veteran who served in Korea and between 1947 – 1964. The veterans served in the U.S. Army (31), the U.S. Navy (13), the U.S. Air Force (12), the U.S. Marine Corps (3), and the U.S. Army Signal Corps (1).

When Mission 47 returns home, Honor Flight Rochester will have escorted 2,232 veterans to Washington, D.C. for a free, two-day trip.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Public Welcome Celebration: Approximately 1:30 p.m.
Flight: Southwest Airlines Flight #38
Scheduled Flight Arrival Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Greater Rochester International Airport
Private Veteran/Family Ceremony: Approximately 2:00 p.m.
Emcee: Don Alhart, 13WHAM TV News Anchor
Keynote Speaker: Jack Gligora, West Webster Fire Department

Jack is a firefighter with the West Webster Fire Department, where he has been an association member for 27 years, and currently holds the office of Vice President. He is District Safety Coordinator responsible for the safety of 125 volunteers and three firehouses, Safety Officer, and Chairman of the Safety Committee in West Webster. Jack is on the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Rochester Golf Tournament. He is a member of the West Webster Honor Guard, welcoming home Honor Flight veterans for two years and was guardian to his dad for Honor Flight Rochester Mission 34 in May of 2014. Jack is a great role model to his family, demonstrating hard work, honor and commitment; he has dedicated his life to community service and helping others. Jack and his family reside in Webster, NY.

Color Guard: Vietnam Veterans Chapter 20

Music: Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band
Honor Guard : Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org)
Departure: Saturday, May 21, 2016. Honor Flight Rochester Mission 47 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:20 a.m. The veterans and their guardians begin arriving at 4 a.m

**Please Note: Airport Construction. There will be increased traffic congestion during airport construction as the lower ramp will now be used for all through traffic. Construction is taking place on the upper level departures roadway and it will be closed to the public. All departures and arrivals will now be taking place on the lower level.

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

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, Cold-War era 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 War, Vietnam War, and veterans who served between 1947 – 1964. It is also open to veterans of any era who suffer a catastrophic illness. Rochester’s flying season is April to October. To date, 2,232 veterans have now flown on 47 missions from the Greater Rochester area since the
local organization began full scale flights in early 2009.

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

Media Contact:
Neil Fagenbaum, 585.353.2958

Mission 52
April 8-9
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.