BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Honor Flight Buffalo will take off on its 15th mission to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
Twenty-six WWII veterans and their companions are booked on this weekend’s trip, which will leave from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport at 6:20 a.m.
Twelve of these veterans served in the Navy, seven in the Army, four in the Marines, two in the Army Air Corps and one in the Coast Guard. The oldest veteran is 93 years old. One of them took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France on June 6th, 1944. Friday will mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion, which was a major turning point in the war.
Everyone is invited to greet the veterans Saturday night when they return to Buffalo on Southwest Airlines flight 4507 at 9:35 p.m.
Honor Flight Buffalo was co-founded by Lisa Wylie, Jo-Anne Wylie and Charles Dunkle. It was formed in honor and in memory of the Wylie’s father, S/SGT Robert P. Wylie, who helped lead the fight to build a WWII memorial but passed away before it became a reality. Honor Flight Buffalo became an official hub of the Honor Flight Network in 2009.
To date, Honor Flight Buffalo has escorted more than 350 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.
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