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Mission 51 Press Release

October 21st, 2016

Honor Flight Rochester to Fly Last Mission of 2016 Oct. 22-23

Mission 51 includes 56 veterans from WWII, Korean War, Cold War and the Vietnam War

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) will welcome home 56 veterans from the Greater Rochester area as part of Mission 51. This will be HFR’s last mission of 2016. In eight years, HFR has flown 2,378 veterans to Washington, D.C.

Among the ranks of the 56 veterans on the Mission 51 roster are two who served in more than one era:

  • 39 Korean War
  • 12 World War II
  • 3 Cold War
  • 1 Korean War/ Cold War
  • 1 Cold War / Vietnam War

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (31), the U.S. Navy (12), the U.S. Air Force (10), the U.S. Coast Guard (1), the U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force (1), and the U.S. Army Air Corps (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.

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 11:55 a.m. after all veterans have deboarded the plane
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #324
SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:25 a.m.
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport
EMCEE: Rebecca Leclair, News10NBC
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Chief Petty Officer Lee Begy
COLOR GUARD: Dog One Infantry
MUSIC: Prime Time Brass
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).
DEPARTURE: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 51 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 (honorflightrochester.org) – one of 135 established hubs in 42 states as part of 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, 2,378 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

Don Alhart Reflects On Mission 50

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

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

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

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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View HFR Newsletter August 2016 in Full Page View

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 56
September 30 - October 1
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.