Honor Flight Syracuse – Mission Update

Good morning Honor Flight Syracuse friends,

The health and safety of the veterans we serve is Honor Flight Syracuse’s top priority, and with that in mind, we made the decision to pause Mission 15, which was to be held in May 2020. At the time, we were hopeful for our Fall Mission.

Since then, we have been in close contact with Honor Flight Network, which has been closely monitoring guidance from the health authorities concerning COVID-19 both here and in Washington, DC. In accordance with Honor Flight Network policy, Honor Flight Syracuse has made the difficult decision to suspend all planned missions in 2020. There will be no Fall flight this year. While this is deeply saddening, it is just not prudent for Honor Flight to risk the health and safety of those we seek to honor at this point.

If you are a veteran or guardian who has been planning to travel on Mission 15, you will receive communication regarding the trip, at this point planned for April 2021. We will continue to accept deceased veterans to be honored with a Flags of Our Heroes Ceremony on the next planned Mission.

We are deeply appreciative of the service and sacrifice all veterans made for this country, and as a board, we are exploring ideas to safely honor them here at home. WCNY aired a broadcast on Memorial Day in partnership with Honor Flight, celebrating our veterans and telling a few of their stories. If you missed it, you can see a replay on their website. As our plans develop, please keep reading our emails and follow us on Facebook to learn more.

Thank you all for your dedication and understanding. We look forward to the day when we can once again gather at the Syracuse Airport to celebrate our veterans.

Media inquiries to Amy Delia, Honor Flight Syracuse director of communications – 315.450.2391

Veteran inquiries to Kara Keyes, Honor Flight Syracuse director of health and safety – 315-247-2479

All other inquiries – HFSNews@HonorFlightSyracuse.org

Mission #015
Planned: Sep. 26, 2020
Mission #014
Completed: Sep. 28, 2019
Mission #013
Completed: Apr. 27, 2019
Mission #012
Completed: Sep. 29, 2018
Mission #011
Completed: Apr. 28, 2018
Mission #010
Completed: Sep. 30, 2017
Mission #009
Completed: Apr. 29, 2017
Mission #008
Completed: Oct. 1, 2016
Mission #007
Completed: Apr. 30, 2016
Mission #006
Completed: Oct. 3, 2015
Mission #005
Completed: Apr. 25, 2015
Mission #004
Completed: Oct. 4, 2014
Mission #003
Completed: Apr. 5, 2014
Mission #002
Completed: Oct. 5, 2013
Mission #001
Completed: Oct. 6, 2012
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.