Honor Flight this November

Wednesday, September 28th County Executive Debbie Preston joined Twin Tiers Honor Flight’s Nancy Kane, Broome County Legislators, Commissioner of Aviation David Hickling, Sponsors (Maines Paper and Food Service, Magic City Music Hall, Weis Markets, McGirk’s Irish Pub and Uno’s Grill) and more to announce the second Honor Flight that will depart from The Greater Binghamton Airport November 12th 2016.

Local World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Veterans, as well as terminally ill veterans who served their country, will be flown to Washington, D.C., free of charge to visit and reflect at their memorials in our nation’s capital. Guardians fly with the Veterans to provide assistance and to help the Veterans have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience. See what Veteran Peter Yezzi had to say about the 2014 honor flight here: http://bit.ly/2cQPIQh

The flight this November will take off from Hangar 1 at BGM and will return at 8:30pm that evening. We welcome the entire community to be there when these Veterans return for our homecoming to thank them for their dedication and service to our Country.

The Honor Flight is a chance to honor the sacrifices of our Veterans to whom we owe so much. 

“We who were born in the World War II Era, (too young to participate) remember the huge effort these gallant men, women and their families made to preserve freedom for our Nation, in that war and the ones to follow. I am delighted to be part of the announcement of this gift of our hearts to them. This Honor Flight is in gratitude for their service and, is a dedication to them as they reflect on the huge gift they gave all of us.” -Ron Heebner Broome County Legislator

If you are looking to support this phenomenal cause, join us at the Twin Tiers Honor Flight Blood Drive and Spaghetti Dinner, Tuesday 10/25 from 3pm-7pm at the OLGC gym. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and all children under 3 eat free. Can’t make it? You can also help support the cause by participating in the Wheelchair Campaign, for Veterans to use on their next flight: http://www.twintiershonorflight.org/wheelchair-campaign.html

See photos from our last flight in November 2014 here: https://flybgm.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/honoring-our-nations-veterans-at-bgm/


Wednesday we caught up with Veteran, Peter Yezzi and his son Joseph Yezzi in Hangar One at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Peter and Joseph we’re here with County Executive Debbie Preston, Nancy Kane Brown, Founder of Twin Tiers Honor Flight, and Broome County Legislators to announce details about the upcoming Honor Flight leaving from BGM, on November 12th at 7am.

Peter Yezzi was one of our first veterans to travel on the first Honor Flight out of the Greater Binghamton Airport in November 2014. Peter was in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. During his time enlisted in the army, Peter trained new soldiers in the snow survival course. Teaching troops how to climb up the side of practically vertical mountain faces, and teaching others how to ski with very limited gear, “nothing like the equipment we have today” he described. Peter never traveled overseas, however he trained many soldiers that fought in France and Italy. Peter helped those soldiers learn how to survive in the mountains and through inclement temperatures and deep, heavy snow.

Joseph, told us that Peter came to America as just a boy, only 12 years old. “The night my dad came to America from Italy he wanted to leave immediately because it was Halloween Night and he didn’t quite understand the American tradition of Halloween.”

When talking about the first Honor Flight Peter said, “One of the monuments went up to eight feet high and then down to five inches or so with all those wonderful, wonderful young people that lost their lives.”  When we asked if Peter will go again this November he told us, “No I won’t go again, I’ll let the other veterans have a chance to experience this awesome event…I enjoyed it very much. And all the people in Broome County, family and all, we had a wonderful time.” 

To learn more about how you can support the Twin Tiers Honor Flight and the local Veterans see our other blog post here: http://bit.ly/2dsPV9T