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Rochester's last Honor Flight back from Washington, D.C.

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Honor Flight ready to go at Rochester International Airport Honor Flight ready to go at Rochester International Airport
Honor Flight enroute to the nation's capital Honor Flight enroute to the nation's capital
Senator Bob Dole greeted those on the Honor Flight Senator Bob Dole greeted those on the Honor Flight

ROCHESTER/WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTTC-TV) -- The last Honor Flight scheduled to be flown from the Rochester area was a resounding success in the nation's capital, with a full day of activities for the 119 World War II veterans taking part. 

One of the emotional highlights of the day was the time spent at the World War II Memorial in Washington; because of the cost of traveling and health challenges, many of these men and women have never had the chance to see the monument built in their honor.  Some were in frail health, and used wheelchairs on the journey.

The group and their escort-guardians returned to Rochester International Airport at 9:40 p.m. to a large crowd of family, friends and supporters thanking them for their personal contributions to our nation's freedom.  During the welcome home ceremony, one of the Honor Flight leaders announced that 1,032 veterans have now taken part in the very public "thank you" campaign that began in Rochester in the spring of 2008.

Watch for an update on the homecoming on KTTC NewsCenter at 5 and 10 p.m. on Sunday.  We're grateful to one of the guardians, Bonnie McGoon, for sharing photos of their day in the Washington area.

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