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      Honor Flight sets October date for next Veterans' Thank You mission

      Honor Flight is planning its next mission for October 6th. 60+ WWII era (and later) vets will get a day trip to the Washington DC memorials. Volunteers are needed to help.

      Honor Flight is planning its second Syracuse to Washington, DC mission for this fall, on October 5th

      Kara Keyes, who oversees health and safety issues for the project, says that 60 to 63 vets will be able to go, because they've booked a bigger plane than the one that took the first group last October.

      Sal Buonocore was on Mission One, and says it was the experience of a lifetime. 27 vets left Hancock early in the morning, got a welcome reception at Washington, DC's Reagan Airport, then toured veterans monuments before coming home to a thank-you party at Hancock in the evening.

      It's not only veterans who go: each also has a 'guardian', often a family member but volunteers are also needed.These people ensure the vets are not getting tired, eat regularly and more, according to Keyes. Buonocore's guardian was his son, and it turned out to be a bonding experience for the two, as well.

      Right now, Honor Flight is fundraising (vets fly free!) and recruiting for the October 5 mission.To get involved, check their website, www.honorflightsyracuse.com