Veterans prepare for their next mission

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Some of the veterans who will travel to Washington D.C. this Saturday are (from left), Front: Kenneth Sharpe, Leo Kenyon, Dan Henries Sr., and Richard Yonge; Back: Don Habberfield, Duane Jenne, Jack Bishop, and Ed Galland. Others who will be taking the trip are Erving Schroeder, Bill Wormuth, Alan Rector and William Brown.

In the wee hours of Saturday, Sept. 10, a group of veterans and their guardians will leave Penn Yan for a new mission — a trip that will build new memories for each of them.

The group of mostly Korean War era veterans — 13 in all — will be meeting at the American Legion at 2 a.m. Saturday to begin the next Honor Flight trip from Rochester International Airport to Washington D.C., where they will spend the day touring several memorial sites in the nation’s capital. This is the 49th Mission from the Rochester Honor Flight organization.

Veterans participating in the trip are Don Habberfield, Duane Jenne, Jack Bishop, Ed Galland, Kenneth Sharpe, Leo Kenyon, Dan Henries St., Richard Yonge, Erving Shroeder, Bill Wormuth, Alan Rector, Bert Alexander and William Brown. They represent all branches of military service.

Most of the veterans and their guardians met for an orientation Sept. 3 at the Penn Yan American Legion. There, they were given the bright orange shirts they will wear during their excursion, along with details about how the trip will be managed.

Their itinerary includes stops at: WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Lincoln Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard, Women’s Memorial, and Iwo Jima Marines Memorial.

At the end of the day, they’ll gather for a Saturday evening banquet with other Honor Flight groups from around the country, and then they’ll return to Rochester on Sunday, Sept. 11, arriving at about 11:15 a.m. A welcome home ceremony will be held in the International Room at the Rochester Airport. Anyone who wants to greet them at the airport is welcome, and trip organizers expect the group to arrive back at the Penn Yan American Legion at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Honor Flights are free to all American veterans. To learn more about Honor Flights from Rochester, visit www.honorflightrochester.org.