Honor Flight Syracuse chartered as new hub to serve CNY veterans

Group transports vets to Washington DC war memorials

World War II Veterans returning from a recent Honor Flight Rochester mission.

World War II Veterans returning from a recent Honor Flight Rochester mission.

— Honor Flight Network, formed “to transport veterans to Washington, DC, to visit memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices,” officially entered Honor Flight Syracuse into its network as a new hub to serve Central New York veterans.

Honor Flight Syracuse is committed to making visits to DC war memorials at no cost to veterans a reality. The current focus is World War II veterans and those from any conflict who have a terminal illness. As time passes, Honor Flight’s vision will also extend offers to veterans of more recent conflicts.

All veterans of a conflict will be flown based upon a “first-come, first-served” based on when a veteran’s application is received.

Honor Flight Syracuse expands opportunities and significantly reduces CNY veterans’ travel time to participate in an Honor Flight mission. Honor Flight Syracuse is building on the experience of and mentoring provided by Honor Flight Network and Honor Flight Rochester to implement a full service CNY hub in the months ahead.

Honor Flight Syracuse’s goal is to conduct its inaugural mission of about 25 to 30 veterans with their Honor Flight guardians to DC in fall 2012, then sustain the program with an increasing number of missions in 2013 and beyond. To reach this goal requires funding and a trained team of local volunteers to provide airport support for Honor Flight mission departure and “Welcome Home” ceremonies or to serve as Honor Flight guardians.

Honor Flight Syracuse appreciates valued support throughout the chartering phase from American Legion Robert J. Hydon Post 239 Auxiliary, the Milford, Lynch & Shannon law firm and The Villas of Summerfield. Randy Flath, of Camillus, is Honor Flight Syracuse president.

Most recently, SRC, Inc., became Honor Flight Syracuse’s first major corporate sponsor, committing significant funding and employee volunteer support for the inaugural mission.

For further information or to be considered for an Honor Flight veteran trip, to volunteer, and to contribute, visit HonorFlightSyracuse.org, download the appropriate form(s) and submit.

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