Honor Flight returns home on Father's Day

June 16, 2019 10:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Hundreds of people came together to welcome veterans home from the latest honor flight trip in grand fashion Sunday morning.

Since it was Father's Day, the Camp Family says it was an extra special day to honor veterans.


"I had a grandfather in World War II so it's special to me," Dave Camp said. "I'd like to teach my sons that war is's not a video game. There's real people that fight and we need to be here to support them."

Laurie Hackleman registered her father for honor flight, she says it's one of the best gifts she's ever been able to give him.

"He served his country, he's serving his family and making us all proud," Hackleman said.

Honor Flight is for all American Veterans. The trip brings together veterans from all branches to take a flight to the nation's capital to visit monuments erected in honor of those who have served our country.

"We all went to the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial together so this is kind of like a reunion," Terry Reynolds, Coast Guard veteran said. "Just a wonderful experience it's great to be together, so many monuments we visited. It was a long day but worth it."

Fathers we spoke to at the event say they wanted to use this time to be fathers and teach their children about sacrifices people have made so we can live.

"It's such a momentous occasion to recognize all the heroes and all their service so instead of just having Father's Day be about us and our family we wanted it to be about them about their families," Sciortino family said.

If you'd like to register a veteran for the next Honor Flight, the application is online here.


Kaci Jones

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