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Honor Flight Syracuse – Mission Update

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

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

Honor Flight Syracuse – Mission 15 and COVID-19

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Honor Flight Syracuse Statement

March 13, 2020

 

The health and safety of the veterans we serve is Honor Flight Syracuse’s top priority. We have been in close contact with Honor Flight Network, which has been closely monitoring guidance from the health authorities concerning COVID-19. In accordance with Honor Flight Network policy, Honor Flight Syracuse has decided to postpone Mission 15, which was set for May 2nd. This decision was not made lightly, but upon review of evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health departments of the District of Columbia and Arlington, Virginia, the growing incidence of coronavirus infections presents too great a risk to the elderly population we serve.

At this point, Mission 15 will be rescheduled to Saturday, September 26th. We will continue to update you regarding our plans as decisions are made.

If you are a veteran or guardian who has already been notified you were to travel on Mission 15, you will receive communication from our health and safety team about the rescheduled Mission 15 date of September 26th. If you have submitted a deceased veteran to be honored with a Flags of Our Heroes Ceremony on the Mission, we will save all submitted photographs and bring them with us in September.

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

All other inquiries – HFSNews@HonorFlightSyracuse.org

Flags of Our Heroes Ceremony at the War Memorial

Monday, December 10th, 2018

On December 9th, 2018 the Honor Flight Syracuse Flags of Our Heroes team honored American heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and making sure their families experience our Nation’s gratitude this holiday season. 
During the Flags of Our Heroes Presentation, 30 veterans and their families were honored at the Syracuse War Memorial. Each family was given a picture of their fallen loved one on a flag, as a token of appreciation and a way for their soldier to live on. 

Tops Donates to HFS!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018



Many thanks to Tops Friendly Markets for welcoming Honor Flight to your Airport Plaza store on Friday to present us with a donation from the Gene Simmons appearance event in September. Tops is a strong supporter of Honor Flight, contributing funds and all the goodies our veterans receive in their Mission Day bags. We are so grateful for all you do!

PBS Airs HFS Documentary for Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Tune in or set your DVR to catch the PBS special on Honor Flight Syracuse!
Mark your calendar and set your DVR! The WCNY 1-hr special on HFS Mission 12 will debut Monday, November 5th at 9PM and repeat on Sunday, November 11th at 2PM.

See the link below for the preview and many thanks to Shane and Josh from PBS for joining us on Mission#12!

Youtube – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReOKuy2eQG0

Liverpool Elks Club Donation

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Thanks to our friends at the Liverpool Elks Club and all who ran in their recent road race, with proceeds benefiting our mission to honor veterans!

HFS Receives Donation from WEBBY Golf Tourney

Sunday, November 4th, 2018


Our work is only possible because of generous donors in the community who support us….many thanks to Sarah Webster, who designated the funds from her WEBBY golf tournament to our mission. Pictured L-to-R: Jeff Bastable, Board and Director of Philanthropy, Tom Shaw, Board Secretary and Director Flags of Our Heroes Program, Gene Gissin, HFS Flags of Our Heroes photographer, Sarah Webster, John Paddock, VP Board and Co-Founder, Gene Smith, HFS Alumni Veteran, Development Committee member.

Oswego Elks Lodge 271 Donates to HFS

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

On September 26th, 2018 the Oswego Elks Lodge 271 presented a check for $1500 to Honor Flight Syracuse. The funds were donated from the Elks Grand Lodge Anniversary Grant. Many thanks to the Elks for their tremendous support of our mission to honor our nation’s veterans!

From left to right are: Bernie France, Elks Veteran and Honor Flight Alumnus; John Hall, Board of Directors Honor Flight Syracuse; Nelson Metz, Elks Exalted Ruler; and James Dillabough, Elks Veteran Co-Chairman.

AXA Makes 2018 Donation to HFS!

Friday, January 19th, 2018

What an awesome group! Honor Flight Syracuse board members gathered with AXA US staff yesterday to thank them for their generous donation to our mission. In addition to providing funds as one of our major sponsors, AXA staff dedicate hundreds of hours as HFS volunteers throughout the year.
THANK YOU AXA!

Key Bank Donates to HFS!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

We are blessed to have the support of amazing community groups. We recently met with leadership from Key Bank to receive a generous donation in support of our mission to thank and honor our community’s veterans. Pictured left to right are: Key Bank Regional Sales Manager Joe Messineo, Key Bank Senior VP Stephen D. Fournier, HFS Board Vice President John Paddock and HFS Development Committee Member Gary Livent. THANK YOU Key Bank!

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