Mission 57 News Release


Last Mission of 2017 for Honor Flight Rochester
47 veterans return Oct. 22 on Mission 57

Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) will welcome home 47 veterans on Sunday, Oct. 22, in the last mission of 2017. HFR has now escorted more than 2,600 men and women veterans to Washington, DC.

Among the ranks of veterans on the Mission 57 roster are:

  • 19 Korean War
  • 5 World War II
  • 12 Cold War
  • 7 Cold War/Vietnam War
  • 3 Vietnam War
  • 1 Korea/Cold War

These veterans served in the U.S. Army (19), the U.S. Navy (14), the U.S. Air Force (11), and the U.S. Marines (3).

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, Oct. 21 – Honor Flight Rochester Mission 57 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:25 a.m. The veterans and their guardians arrive at 4 a.m.
RETURN DATE: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #3568
PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Approximately 1:10 p.m. after all veterans disembark the plane
WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport
EMCEE: Rebecca LeClair, former news broadcaster and owner of Leclair Communications, LLC
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bing Reaves, Sr., Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, Genesee District
COLOR GUARD: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20
MUSIC: Prime Time Brass
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, 2,589 veterans have now flown from the Greater Rochester area since the local organization began full-scaleflights in early 2009.

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

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

Media Contact:
Neil Fagenbaum

Mission 76 (58 vets)
April 15-16
Mission 77 (58 vets)
May 13-14
Mission 78 (61 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.