Mission 46 News Release


Honor Flight Rochester Welcomes Home First Mission of 2016

Mission 46 Touches Down on Sunday, May 1

ROCHESTER, NY – An enthusiastic crowd is expected at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Sunday, May 1 to welcome back the first Honor Flight Rochester mission of 2016. There are 51 (50 men and one woman) veterans scheduled to fly on Mission 46. They include heroes who served their country in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War.

Mission 46 includes 18 WW II veterans, 30 Korean veterans, two WWII/Korean War veterans, and one veteran who served in World War II, Korea and the Cold War. The veterans served in the U.S. Army (23), the U.S. Navy (9), the U.S. Air Force (8), the U.S. Army Air Corps (6), and the U.S. Marine Corps (5).

When Mission 46 returns home, Honor Flight Rochester will have escorted 2,172 veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C. for a free, two-day trip.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Public Welcome Celebration: Approximately 1:45 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 2:30 p.m.

Emcee: Maureen McGuire, WROC-TV 8 News Anchor

Keynote Speaker:  Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive

Color Guard : West Webster Fire Department

Music: Pittsford Fire Department Band

Honor Guard : Patriot Guard Riders (pgrny.org)

Departure: Saturday, April 30, 2016. Honor Flight Rochester Mission 46 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:30 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

Mission 76 (58 vets)
April 15-16
Mission 77 (58 vets)
May 13-14
Mission 78 (59 vets)
June 17-18
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.