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.”
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