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Mission 13 is SATURDAY!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 13 departs this Saturday, April 27 with 80 veterans and their guardians traveling to Washington, DC for a day of thanks and memories. If you would like to attend the Welcome Home Ceremony on Saturday evening, please read on for info. Please note, the arrival time is 7:20 p.m. – slightly later than past flights! Also, with the construction completed, our Welcome Home Parade and Ceremony will once again be inside the Airport!

Please arrive in time for the 7:20 pm arrival – we recommend no later than 6:45. Parking will be available in the Airport Garage at standard rates.

The plane will land to a water-cannon salute outside the South Terminal. After the plane lands, please BE PATIENT – it will take about 45 minutes for the veterans to deplane and line up for the Parade. You can wait inside the Main Terminal, the Veterans will parade from South Baggage Claim to the Main Terminal and the Welcome Home ceremony will be held in front of the Main Staircase.

Check our Facebook page at for updates and pictures throughout the day!

Thank you to Christina Callahan!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Since the beginning of Honor Flight Syracuse, Christina Callahan has been a tremendous supporter. Thanks to her, our efforts to partner with the Syracuse Hancock International Airport have been beyond expectations, ensuring our veterans have a memorable experience checking in for the Morning Departure and the Welcome Home Ceremony. Christina is now moving on to one of America’s busiest and best known airports – LaGuardia – and we wish her all the best!

Pictured – Board Member Eric Amberge presents Christina with an Honor Flight plaque of appreciation at her Farewell Party.

Thank you to the Elks Lodge 2367 in Camillus

Monday, January 28th, 2019

The Camillus Elks are one of over 1,900 Lodges within the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. Celebrating 150 years of volunteerism this year, the Elks are the leading patriotic and charitable organization in the U.S. with nearly one million members. The Camillus Elks made a recent donation to Honor Flight Syracuse to support our mission to honor America’s veterans. Thank you to the Camillus Elks!

Thank you to our official HFS videographer!

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Jason Wasulko of SRC has been our official videographer since Honor Flight began. Jason has traveled with us on every mission, capturing our veterans’ stories, emotions, and experiences as they travel to Washington and visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

Jason and his family are now moving on to their next chapter, and will be leaving the Central NY area for sunny Atlanta.

Jason, on behalf of Honor Flight, we thank you for your dedication and passion. You will truly be missed and we wish you all the best!

Honor Flight Board Member and SRC Vice President and CFO Phil Fazio, and Honor Flight volunteer director John Hall recently presented Jason with a Honor Flight Recognition. SRC CEO Paul Tremont was on hand to thank Jason.

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!

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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.

Thank you Schneider Equipment!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Many thanks to our friends at Schneider Equipment! Their recent golf tournament raised $2575 to support our mission. Pictured are Larry Thomson (L) and Dick Schneider, an Honor Flight alum.