CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Honor Flight Buffalo continued its mission of giving back to “the Greatest Generation” Saturday, bringing 26 World War II veterans to see the memorial erected in their honor in Washington, D.C.
The veterans are due to arrive at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport around 9:30, with the Patriot Guard Riders, a corps of bagpipers, Boy Scouts, and students from the WNY Maritime Charter School there to welcome them home.
It’s a very special Honor Flight, nearly coinciding with the anniversary of the D-Day invasion, June 6.
Each of the men on the trip is seeing the WWII Memorial for the first time. They include 12 Navy, seven Army, four Marine Corps, two Army Air Corps and one Coast Guard veteran. The oldest of them is 93.
They served in both the European and Pacific theaters, taking part in the first invasion against the Japanese, Battle of the Bulge, the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and the invasion of the Marshall Islands. One was a Prisoner of War in Germany. Two of them served both in World War II and the Korean War.