Honor Flight Buffalo heading back to D.C.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)Honor Flight Buffalo is getting ready for a return trip to the nation’s capital.

The organization will mark its 14th mission to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Twenty-six American heroes will be on board when a Southwest Airlines plane carrying the veterans leaves the Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 6:20 a.m.

Honor Flight invites everyone to help welcome the veterans home later that day when these members of the Greatest Generation return at 9:30 p.m.

The oldest veteran scheduled to take this weekend’s trip is 94 years old. Other war heroes expected to make the journey include an infantryman, a gunnery instructor, a paratrooper, and a pilot who flew dozens of B25 and B26 missions.

This trip will also have special meaning for Lisa and Jo-Anne Wylie, co-founders of Honor Flight Buffalo. They will be taking the uniform of their late father, SSGT Robert P. Wylie, and presenting it to the Eastern Shore Honor Flight Greeters, who welcome WWII veterans to their memorial.

To date, Honor Flight Buffalo has escorted 342 WWII veterans to their memorial free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Western New Yorkers. It costs $375 to send each veteran to Washington.

To learn more about Honor Flight Buffalo and how to make a donation, click here.

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