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Help us fill future missions!

February 15th, 2017

Dear Honor Flight Syracuse friends,

Many of you have generously volunteered to be a guardian on an upcoming mission. Well, here is your chance to help Honor Flight AND become a guardian!

We urgently need veterans to fill future flights. As the World War II generation ages, we are losing more and more of these heroes every day. Many of them have not participated in an Honor Flight for various reasons: they aren’t aware of the opportunity, they think it is too costly, they worry about their health, they are unable to apply, or they simply don’t believe that they deserve to go.

You can help! FIND a World War II, Korean, or Vietnam era veteran and help them apply. Talk to them about the experience – it is completely free of charge for the veterans. Our health and safety team carefully work with each veteran and guardian pair to ensure the veteran has a memorable and safe experience. All veterans, regardless of when they served, where they served, or if they saw battle deserve this opportunity to be thanked for their service.

Find a veteran, help them apply at HonorFlightSyracuse.org or by calling us at 855-433-5633 and then offer to travel with them as their guardian. PLEASE help us fill future missions by applying to our brief wait list today!

3rd Annual Veterans Day Dinner to benefit Honor Flight Syracuse

October 13th, 2016

On November 9, the CNY Veterans Recognition Foundation is holding their 3rd Annual Veterans Day Dinner at the newly restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the mission of Honor Flight Syracuse.

The Veterans Day Dinner honors the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, with an entertaining evening of recognition, silent auction, and distinguished guest speakers. Dan Cummings of WSYR News Channel 9 and an alumni of Mission 04 will be the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor of Syracuse University. Dr. Haynie is responsible for Veteran and Military Affairs.

Tickets and more information available at www.cnyvfr.com.

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Thank you to two of our corporate friends

September 7th, 2016

Central NY continues to be supportive of our mission to honor the members of America’s Greatest Generation and we wouldn’t be here today – Mission 008!! – without the amazing support of terrific donors and volunteers.

Recently, Carrier Corporation has joined Honor Flight Syracuse, not only as a corporate sponsor, but also by contributing volunteer hours and much needed manpower! Rallied internally by John Hall, manager sales engineer development, Carrier volunteers have joined committees, attended the Welcome Home, helped move wheelchairs and more! John was inspired to do more after traveling on Honor Flight as a Guardian for his father. Thanks Carrier for your commitment!

M&T has also been a strong supporter since Mission 002. In addition to strong financial support, the M&T employees have enjoyed supporting the Welcome Home celebrations and cheering on our returning heroes. We are especially grateful for the strong contingent of M&T employees that meets us down in Washington, DC and spend the day assisting with the task of loading and unloading 80 wheelchairs at each of our stops!

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Mission 08 is here!

September 7th, 2016

 

Saturday, October 1st marks Honor Flight Syracuse’s Mission 08! We are looking forward to taking these veterans on their mission to visit their memorials in Washington, DC. Everyone is invited to our Welcome Home celebration for these heroes!

Please arrive at Syracuse Hancock International Airport by 6:00 p.m. Free parking as available will be in the overflow parking (turn LEFT at the light as you come onto the Airport grounds). Once filled, parking will be available in the pay lot and garage.

Weather pending, the plane will land to a water-cannon salute, visible from outside the South Terminal. Proceed inside and cheer for the procession of veterans, led by the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band and SU ROTC, Civil Air Patrol and Naval Junior ROTC Color Guards. The brief Welcome Home Ceremony will feature the Tom Dooley Choraliers and remarks by Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and former Chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to our Supporters!

March 23rd, 2016

Honor Flight Syracuse has been a most fortunate recipient of generous contributions from several community organizations. Thanks to these gifts and more, Honor Flight Syracuse looks forward to future missions to honor our nation’s heroes.

In December, we celebrated with Tops for their Taste of Syracuse donation. Board members attended a presentation at one of their main locations. Tops has been a longtime supporter and friend of Honor Flight.

Hueber-Breuer Construction Company surprised Honor Flight with a year-end holiday gift of $7,500 in support of our mission. We thank them for their support!

All employees at King & King gathered in December for special thanks from the Honor Flight Board for their remarkably successful golf outing. Honor Flight was the selected beneficiary of the proceeds from this outing, and board members were grateful for the opportunity to thank the group for their commitment.

Honor Flight is a volunteer-driven organization that exists thanks to the generous support of these and many other groups, individuals and organizations. We look forward to welcoming VIPs from these companies to our Welcome Home Ceremony for public recognition.

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Save the Date! Mission 007 Welcome Home!

March 22nd, 2016

Mark your calendars now for the Welcome Home celebration of Mission 007 – Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Our veterans are scheduled to land at 6:15pm at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. To view the water cannon salute (weather permitting) you should plan on arriving at the Airport by 5:45pm. There is FREE parking available in the Airport Employee Parking Lot (follow signs) until that lot is full. There will also be a free shuttle from the lot to the terminal if needed.

Once the plane lands, it will take about an hour for the plane to reach the gate, to deplane all the veterans and line up for the Welcome Home Ceremony. Please be patient! We know you are anxious to greet your veterans, but to allow us to line up as quickly as possible, we ask that you remain downstairs of the Main Terminal. The Parade through the Terminal will begin at 7:15 and will be followed by a brief Welcome Home Ceremony at 7:30pm.

For regular updates the day of the mission, including pictures from our veterans in Washington, DC and any potential delays, follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HonorFlightSyracuse.

See you at the Airport on April 30!

 

 

Thank you King + King Architects!

January 25th, 2016

Honor Flight Syracuse is grateful to King + King Architects for being the selected charity partner of their 2015 employee golf tournament. The $20,000 donation will support Honor Flight’s mission of honoring veterans by bringing them to Washington DC to visit the memorials dedicated to their sacrifice and service. The staff of King + King Architects presented the check to Honor Flight board members at a recent staff meeting.

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Thank you Tops Friendly Markets!

January 5th, 2016

Honor Flight Syracuse recently met with local Tops Friendly Markets leaders to receive a generous donation from the Tops tent at this year’s Taste Of Syracuse. Tops has been a longtime friend and supporter of Honor Flight Syracuse, and we thank them for their support! Special thanks to our champion Kathy Allen, Sr Manager Community Relations, for her amazing commitment to our veterans!

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Mission #006: Mission Accomplished! – Thanks to All!

October 5th, 2015

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Dear Volunteers, Supporters, and Friends,

On behalf of Dick Blansett, John McMakin and myself who led HFS Hancock hub-end Ground Team events for Mission 6, an immense “Thank You!” to the Honor Flight Syracuse volunteers and organizations who contributed so much to the success of this past Saturday, including:

Syracuse Hancock Airport Fire Department, for the Water Cannon Salute;
Patriot Guard Riders, for providing an Honor Guard, morning and evening;
Thread Bear Quilters Guild, for presenting hand-crafted lap quilts to each Veteran;
Syracuse University ROTC, for presenting a special pillow to each Veteran;
Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band;
Civil Air Patrol, SU ROTC and Mattydale American Legion Post, for providing Color Guards;
Fowler Navy Junior ROTC students, for helping address crowd needs during the Welcome Home;
NY Air National Guard 174th Attack Wing, for providing the tram service to and from the parking area, morning and evening.

And all the individual Honor Flight Volunteers from across the Central NY community who provided the time and talent in so many ways, not just for Mission 6, but throughout these past three years to ensure program success!

Special recognition to three tremendous partners:

SRC, Inc. & AXA Volunteers who led, staffed & flawlessly executed the Mission 6 departure, many of whom also returned to the Airport for the Welcome Home;
Le Moyne Department of Nursing – LeMoyne nurses have been with HFS since the beginning, providing the core of the superlative nurse team, ably led by Kara Keyes, without which there’d be no Honor Flight Syracuse. Veteran Health & Safety is at the very heart of each and every mission. Of course they are on the Flight Team, but the majority of their work is in the pre-Mission planning, calling and assessing the needs of each Veteran and the capabilities of each Guardian.

On a personal note, words are inadequate in describing how proud I am of the HFS 100% Volunteer organization, an organization where virtually every dollar spent goes to support our Mission program for the deserving Veterans of our community. For those of you finding yourselves perhaps too close to the details, you may tend to see flaws, or, more accurately, ways to improve processes for the next mission.  With six successful missions though, our Volunteer team continues to perform superbly, as it has from the beginning.  As with past HFS Missions, I was again besieged with many positive comments from Mission 6 Veterans, family members and friends; our Distinguished Guests and media reps were effusive, repeatedly expressing their amazement at how well organized and how well run the Mission 6 operation went, not to mention the enthusiasm of the HFS Volunteers themselves.

This and more is all thanks to you, our amazing volunteers. So on behalf of the entire board, I say THANK YOU!

John F. Paddock
Co-founder & Vice President
Honor Flight Syracuse

Flags of Honor and Gratitude

July 16th, 2015

This fall, the Onondaga North Rotary Club will present Flags of Honor and Gratitude. You can purchase a flag to be flown in front of the Great Northern Mall to thank or honor a veteran. Honor Flight Syracuse will be the beneficiary of the net proceeds from any flag purchased through our website. Please download the application today. Flags of Honor and Gratitude Application. Thank you!

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Mission #001
Completed: Oct. 6, 2012
Mission #002
Completed: Oct. 5, 2013
Mission #003
Completed: Apr. 5, 2014
Mission #004
Completed: Oct. 4, 2014
Mission #005
Completed: Apr. 25, 2015
Mission #006
Completed: Oct. 3, 2015
Mission #007
Completed: Apr. 30, 2016
Mission #008
Completed: Oct 1, 2016
Mission #009
Completed: Apr. 29, 2017
Mission#010
Planned: Sept 30, 2017
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 Rochester and Buffalo area's to visit and register with their local Honor Flight hubs before registering with Syracuse Honor Flight.