When Sheldon Alford, now 88, returned from fighting in World War II, there was no fanfare. As a matter of fact, Sheldon can’t remember any of his buddies returning home from the war to any sort of celebration or even so much as a thank you.

"No one greeted the World War II veterans after the war was over," says Sheldon. "We just came back and picked up where we left off.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 550 WWII veterans die each day.

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According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 550 WWII veterans die each day and that means time is running out to show our gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Saturday April 12th at 8pm, the Twin Tier Honor Flight will return to the Greater Binghamton Airport with more than 70 local veterans aboard. These veterans will have spent the day reflecting at their memorial, the World War II memorial in Washington DC.

We think these men deserve the heroes welcome home they never received. Will you help make this a reality?

The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is scheduled to return to the Greater Binghamton Airport at 8pm on Saturday April 12th. Please understand that this is an ETA. With many variables, the flight could arrive a little earlier or even a little later.

Things you need to know if you plan to participate in the Honor Flight Homecoming:

  • Please plan on arriving at the Greater Binghamton Airport by 6:30pm on Saturday April 12th.
  • Parking will be available in the long term lot free of charge.
  • The homecoming celebration reception will be held in hangar 2- there will be signs and people directing traffic.
  • Signs, banners, flags and patriotic clothing are welcome and encouraged.
  • Please help us spread the word. Let’s try to get as many people as possible to stand in support of our local veterans- we may never get this chance to thank them again.

Just how much do these homecoming celebrations mean to our veterans? Take a peek: