According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, "we are losing 372 veterans per day and only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016."  According to the National Veterans Foundation, "5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million Korean war veterans still alive. "

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, more than 50 World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans from the Twin Tiers will take the trip if a lifetime to Washington, DC through the Twin Tiers Honor Flight, a hub of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization, which honors America’s veterans with these trips to see their war memorials in Washington, DC.

While in Washington, D.C., our veterans will visit the Vietnam Wall, the Airforce Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the WWII Memorial, among other sights.

Traci Taylor

Many of the veterans who will be taking this trip didn't receive a hero's welcome home when they returned from war so many years ago and so, the Twin Tiers Honor Flight encourages you to carve out a little time in your calendar for the evening of Sunday, October 7, 2018 to gather at the American Legion Post 1645 which is located at 177 Robinson Street in Binghamton to clap and cheer as our veterans depart the busses following their trip. You're welcome to wear patriotic colored clothing, to bring American flags to wave, and to make homemade signs if you'd like.

Please help by spreading the word to anyone you think would like to show appreciation and gratitude to our veterans through this special homecoming celebration. Those planning to attend are asked to be at the American Legion Post 1645 by 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th. The expected arrival time in Binghamton is at 6 p.m., but because travel will be by bus, this time may change a little bit in either direction. You'll find ample parking in the lot across from the American Legion as well as on area side streets.

This is a video of a Twin Tiers Honor Flight Homecoming at the Greater Binghamton Airport from May of this year and it would be phenomenal if a homecoming of this magnitude could be recreated for this and each future returning Honor Flight trip.

The Twin Tiers Honor Flight doesn't charge veterans anything for their trip - everything is completely funded through donations and fundraising efforts, which are tax deductible.  The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, registered with the New York State Charities Bureau (New York State Registration Number: 44-32-54).

[via National World War II Memorial/National Veterans Foundation/Twin Tiers Honor Flight]