Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Veterans from Central New York boarded a plane at Hancock International Airport early Saturday morning, bound for a tour of memorials in Washington D.C.
The Honor Flight Network was formed in 2005 to make sure veterans could see the memorials dedicated to them. Syracuse is the newest hub of the operation, taking its inaugural mission this weekend with several local WWII veterans.
About 28 veterans were expected to travel on the first flight. Several of the men and women met and took photos with Senator Bob Dole during the trip.
Volunteers gathered at the airport in Syracuse to help the guests board their plane. A welcome home ceremony was scheduled to greet the veterans upon their return home.
The goal is to host more missions next year, if the group can raise enough money to fund the flights. While the group is focusing on WWII veterans, men and women with a terminal illness who served in any conflict are eligible for honor flights.
To apply for a future Honor Flight mission or to volunteer, complete and submit an application online or call 430-3779 for help applying. Donations can be made through the website, where a PayPal link is provided or checks can be sent to: Honor Flight Syracuse, P.O. Box 591, Syracuse, NY 13209.