HFR Welcomes Home Mission 68 Veterans


On Sunday, September 29th Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) welcomes home Mission 68.

There are 59 Veterans slated to fly on Mission 68. They include 2 World War II veteran, 9 Korean War veterans, 37 Cold War veterans and 11 Vietnam War veterans. They served in the in U.S. Army (26), U.S. Navy (20), U.S. Air Force (7), U.S. Marine Corps (5) and U.S. Coast Guard (1).

“When Honor Flight Rochester was formed nobody imagined the future success. Thank you Greater Rochester area – veterans, volunteers and community – who made HFR one of the most flourishing hubs. Applications never expire. With this fall’s flying season we hope finally to have flown most all pre-Vietnam era veterans on our Fly List. HFR is in this for the long haul” said HFR President & CEO, Rich Stewart.

This is the fifth of six missions for 2019. Not including Mission 68, HFR has escorted 3,262 men and women veterans on 67 Missions, all funded through the generous of donations from our community including individuals, organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers.

DATE: Sunday, September 29th, 2019

PUBLIC WELCOME CELEBRATION: Between 12:55 – 1:55 p.m., after the veterans have disembarked the plane.

FLIGHT: Southwest Airlines Flight #2531

SCHEDULE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIME: Scheduled to arrive 12:25 p.m.

WHERE: Greater Rochester International Airport

EMCEE: Marty Snyder – WHAM Channel 13

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David G. Bellavia – Staff Sergeant, Medal of Honor Recipient, US Army

ANTHEM: Bruce Academy of Music Singers

MUSIC: Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums

COLOR GUARD: West Webster Fire Department

DEPARTURE: Saturday, September 28th; Honor Flight Rochester Mission 68 departs the Greater Rochester International Airport at 6:25 a.m. The veterans and their guardians arrive at 4 a.m. sharp.

Mission 68
September 28-29
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.