Veterans are applauded after Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

Honor flight reception in Hancock Airport


ore than 60 Central New York Veterans spent an unforgettable day in Washington, D.C. thanks to an Honor Flight trip. This is the Honor Flight's third trip out of Hancock Airport.

Saturday's trip showed the veterans the World War Two Memorial, the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials and the famous changing of the guard.

They were welcomed home to Syracuse, their planes sprayed with water as a salute to their service to our country.

Once inside Hancock Airport, all 63 veterans from World War Two and Korea were greeted with applause from hundreds of friends, family and neighbors.

Michael Hutchinson was welcoming home his grandfather. "It's absolutely electric, you know you can feel it. Everybody's saying they're all excited for our families and for our veterans," says Hutchinson.

John Scutier is an 87 year old World War Two veteran who went with Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

"I think it's great it brings us all together, brings you to see your memorial. It's nice that you'll have memories," says Scutier.

Scutier served in the Navy from 1943 - 1947 as a third class petty officer. He lost one of his best friends in 1945 in Iwo Jima. It's trips like honor flight which help him to move forward, even decades later by seeing that people care about his time served.

"It's helpful that how many people appreciate the sacrifice that our veterans do and not only my WW2 and Korea and Vietam, even the present people, how much sacrifice they have to go through," says Scutier.

Randy Flath is the president of Syracuse Honor Flight. "During the day there are so many people who come up to these veterans. They express their thanks. Children, little children that come up and shake their hands. I think it instills a sense of relief in the way that the world is," says Flath.

A flight and a day which these veterans will never forget.