Updated: June 27, 2021 11:28 PM
Created: June 27, 2021 03:27 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A moment to honor our heroes is back in Rochester.
“People were still thinking of us and that pent-up enthusiasm for Honor Flight Rochester,” Chairman and Co-Founder Peter Glennon said. “I think we're going to see the roof blow off come September!”
Honor Flight Rochester is ready to take off after taking a pause due to the pandemic.
“One thing we did last veterans day is we took out 1100 signs and posted them in front of the houses of the veterans who are to fly with us this coming year and we wanted to remind them that we haven't forgotten about them and our volunteers wanted to get out there and show their appreciation,” Glennon said.
Glennon said this year there are more than 800 volunteers for the long-awaited Mission 70 over the Sept. 11 weekend, which will be the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
“When it comes to volunteerism for the rest of this year, we are requiring that our members, our volunteers that fly on the missions with us be vaccinated,” Glennon said. “It’s an incredibly important decision because COVID hasn't gone away. We feel very comfortable here in Rochester, the greater Monroe County are that things are working out for us, but we have to remember that we fly to Washington D.C. for the weekend and D.C. is an international city and there are people coming in from all over the globe."
A time for the community to get together to celebrate our veterans as they get to go on a trip of a lifetime.
“We’re looking forward to the whole community coming out again. We use to have between 700 and 1000 people at the airport cheering these veterans as we came back from one of these weekends on our welcome home on a Sunday,” Glennon said. “We hope everybody comes out because for the students, the children and just the neighbors. It's so fun to come out and reconnect with all of these veterans.”
Glennon says they are still working out plans and covid precautions with the airport to make sure they can have spectators come and greet the veterans as they return home.
Additional missions in the fall will be announced at a later date.
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