Honor Flight

Get inspired by the story of an organization that dedicates an incredible bevy of resources to honoring Veterans from across the Central New York region. Honor Flight Syracuse embarks on a journey each year that touches the hearts and minds of Veterans and families by orchestrating a day filled with meaning all involved will never forget.

WCNY’s television event features the Honor Flight Syracuse organization and the stories of the local veterans chosen to tour their war memorials in Washington, DC. Our hope is that while watching, you feel like you’re there along for the ride. You will share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a group dedicated to preserving an appreciation for history and service to one’s country.


The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans and transport them via chartered plane to Washington, D.C. The Syracuse organization is expertly managed by a team of dedicated volunteers, and the veterans chosen are escorted by trained guardians and medical staff throughout their entire experience. Once in D.C., these veterans are treated as VIPs throughout their tour. They are greeted by active military personnel and spend the day visiting and reflecting at the nation’s war memorials.

Upon return to Syracuse at the end of the day, Honor Flight organizes a welcome home celebration and parade in coordination with veterans’ groups and community organizations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the veterans and those involved to understand the magnitude of what it means to serve one’s country.


Honor Flight Syracuse is one of 131 Regional Hubs in the National Honor Flight Network, and serves Veterans from the greater Syracuse area – covering ten counties in Central NY, Northern NY, and the Mohawk Valley.

Top priority is given to World War II survivors, then Korean War Veterans, and terminally ill Vietnam Veterans. Having started in 2005, the national Honor Flight network has flown over twenty thousand veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorial, and there are over twenty-seven thousand veterans who have applied and are on their waitlist.

This experience is provided to the selected veterans at absolutely no cost to them. The goal of Honor Flight Syracuse is to provide every single war veteran in the greater Syracuse area, willing and capable, to have the opportunity to visit THEIR memorial at NO COST.







You can find a list of Honor Flight Syracuse’s sponsors at this link: http://honorflightsyracuse.org/donations/

Join us in celebrating our nation’s veterans by welcoming home the men and women of Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 20. Learn more about the Honor Flight program and what it means to the veterans to be recognized for their service.

Watch Saturday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. on WCNY-TV.

Honor Flight Syracuse brings veterans from across Central New York to Washington, DC to visit the memorials honoring their service and sacrifices. On Sept. 30, WCNY captured Honor Flight veterans from the 19th Mission from Syracuse to DC as they arrived home at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Host Dan Cummings sits down with six local veterans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Honor Flight Syracuse, an organization that brings veterans down to Washington, DC to reflect upon the monuments dedicated to their service.

Dan Cummings and John Paddock host live from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport on September 24, 2022, as veterans participating on the 17th Honor Flight Syracuse Mission return home to a parade and ceremony dedicated to their service.