Mission 44 News Release

Honor Flight Rochester Welcomes Home Mission 44 on Sunday September 27

Honor Flight Rochester will welcome home Honor Flight Rochester Mission 44 this Sunday, September 27. With the return of Mission 44, Honor Flight Rochester – with the support of the community – will have escorted 2,068 veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C.

There are 54 (53 men and one woman) veterans slated to fly on Mission 44. There are 14 World War II veterans and 40 Korean War (1950-53) veterans. The veterans served in the U.S. Army (29), the U.S. Navy (15), the U.S. Marine Corps (5), U.S. Marine Corps Aviation (1), the U.S. Coast Guard (1), the U.S. Army Air Corps/Forces (1) and the U.S. Air Force (2), and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Honor Flight Rochester’s final mission of 2015 is Mission 45 Oct. 24-25.

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

PRIVATE RECEPTION: The veterans are expected to come through the welcome home throng between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. A private reception follows in the International Room for veterans and their families.

DEPARTURE: Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 44 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:30 a.m. The veterans and their guardians begin arriving at 4 a.m.

FLIGHT HOME: Southwest Airlines Flight #2840
SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:20 a.m. (Sunday, September 27).
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
EMCEE: Kevin Williams
COLOR GUARD: First Division, Dog Company.
MUSIC: Palmyra Fife and Drum.
HONOR GUARD: Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org).

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Captain Zachary Callahan. Captain Callahan is a 2007 graduate of St John Fishers Nursing program. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 2009. He is currently assigned to the 914th Aeromedical Staging squadron, 914th airlift wing, Niagara Falls (NY) Air Reserve Base. Captain Callahan is employed at Rochester General Hospital and Upstate University Medical Center working as a nurse in emergency and trauma.

Mission 75 (60 vets)
October 22-23
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.