The next Honor Flight for Yates County’s veterans is already being planned. Norm Koek, main organizer and fundraiser for the annual effort to enroll and fund area veterans in Honor Flight Rochester’s missions to Washington D.C., says World War II, Korean War, and Cold War veterans up to service in 1964 who have not previously taken an Honor Flight, are eligible for this trip later in the spring. Veterans of later service who have imminent health concerns will also be considered.
In the last six years, over 60 area veterans have taken the trip along with their personal “guardians” (often family members) who accompany them as assistants to ease the physical toll of travel. The two-day trip includes airfare, accommodation, visits to several war memorial sites, and a banquet, offering opportunities to visit with other veteran groups; all before returning home to a hero’s welcome. Past groups from Penn Yan have been some of the largest in Honor Flight’s history, and they’ve said the experience and the camaraderie they felt as a group was unforgettable.