Hundreds turned out today to cheer on 51 aging veterans, as they returned from Honor Flight.
 
People gathered at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Sunday for the first welcome home ceremony of the flying season for Honor Flight Rochester. 
 
51 local veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Cold War were flown to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials in their honor.
 
The trips are free, thanks to the public’s support.

“From day one the community has rallied behind us financially,” Peter Glennon, co-founder of Honor Flight Rochester. “We have 300 active volunteers who come out to support each mission an say thank you and express their gratitude to the veterans.”

Honor Flight Rochester is one of the strongest Honor Flight chapters in the country. 
 
This past year, it announced it will accept veterans who otherwise would fly out of Buffalo, after the Buffalo Chapter announced it was shutting down.
 
Since 2008, Honor Flight Rochester has escorted more than 2,172 veterans to Washington.
 
News8’s Maureen McGuire emceed the event on Sunday.