Honor Flight, Inc. and affiliated hubs in the national Honor Flight Network are private, not-for-profit organizations created solely to honor America’s Veterans for their many sacrifices.

Honor Flight first flew in May 2005 with six small planes flying twelve WWII veterans, departing from Springfield, Ohio. In 2006, with a rapidly expanding waiting list, the program transitioned to commercial airline carriers to accommodate more veterans. That same year Honor Flight partnered with Honor Air in Hendersonville, North Carolina and Hero Flight in Provo, Utah to establish the national “Honor Flight Network” which has expanded aggressively to include cities across the nation. By 2007 official Network hubs had been established in 32 cities, to localize community commitment, operational planning, and fund-raising.

Today there are more than 130 regional hubs. There are many veterans located beyond those hubs on a national registry who wait more than a year to be called for their Honor Flight.

The Mission of Honor Flight is More Than Timely…

It is Urgent!

Our honored heroes travel absolutely free

Very importantly, due to generous private donors like you, our honored heroes travel absolutely free.

In June 2008 Rochester became an official hub in the Honor Flight Network. Since then our founding board and core group of volunteers have been actively engaged in building a viable organization to provide travel opportunity to thousands, rather than handfuls, of veterans residing in the greater Rochester community.

How big are your shoes?

To Make a Donation To Honor FlightThis can only happen with generous support from Rochester’s private community. Honor Flight accepts no government funding, nor partisan political sponsorships. We do seek the support of individuals and corporate partners, even as we develop broad community fund raising programs with organizations such as VFW and American Legion Posts, fraternal business groups, scouts, churches, synagogues, etc. Special attention and curriculum guidance is directed to schools, and those history or social studies classrooms where senior Veterans are invited in as speakers. Close working relationships have developed with all local organizations.

Incorporated as a NY not-for-profit, Honor Flight Rochester, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent determined by law. (Guardian travel fees are payments for service and do not typically qualify for tax deductions.)

Honor Flight Rochester is proud of our veterans and pleased that we provide a way for our community members in the younger generation to say thank you to veterans in more senior generations. We are committed to providing Rochester heroes with a safe and memorable trip of a lifetime. HFR’s tagline is “We Leave No Veteran Behind.”

Thank you for joining us with your generous support!


Mission 83 (59 vets)
May 25-26
Mission 84 (57 vets)
June 15-16
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.