Thousands gather for return of Honor Flight

Posted at: 06/15/2014 6:30 PM
Updated at: 06/15/2014 11:19 PM

Thousands of people gathered at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Sunday to welcome home members of our greatest generation. The members of Honor Flight, Mission 35, were welcomed home by friends, family and the Honor Guard.

A hero’s welcome home for 38 Korean War veterans, 64 years after the war began.

“Far beyond my expectations, and the celebration here is unbelievable and really appreciated,” said Dick Murphy, a veteran.

Honor Flight Rochester, Mission 35, flew these veterans to our nation’s capital to see their war memorial, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“They watch over you like a mother hen. It’s very good,” said Rich Haffen, a veteran.

News10NBC’s Rebecca LeClair emceed the ceremony, marking the end of the journey for these vets.

Army Sargent Dick Zuber says the trip was more than he could have ever expected.

“It brought tears to my eyes. Believe me; I couldn’t talk at all for a few minutes. It was great. It was great,” said Zuber.

In addition to seeing the Korean War Memorial, Sargent Zuber was presented with a replacement Purple Heart. His was stolen out of his luggage in 1945.

“Somebody took everything I had and left the empty bag, so I’ve been without it ever since,” said Zuber.

There are four more Honor Flight trips scheduled for this year:
 Mission 36: June 28 – 29
 Mission 37: Sept 6 – 7
 Mission 38: Sept 27 – 28
 Mission 39: Oct 18 – 19