U.S. Navy veterans wowed by Honor Flight trip, airport reception

For many veterans in Rochester and Western New York, it's a trip of a lifetime.

Rochester, N.Y. - For many veterans in Rochester and Western New York, it's a trip of a lifetime.

A visit to the memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., free of charge, through the non-profit Honor Flight.

For Niles Barlow, who served in the Navy during World War 2, he said he's wanted to be a part of an Honor Flight trip for awhile now.

"I never was aware of the reception like this," said Barlow, of the hero's welcome at the Greater Rochester International Airport Sunday. "It's overwhelming, it really is. I'm so pleased that I had the opportunity to participate. How can you beat this? There's no way to do it."

Bill Parker, who also served in the Navy, was on the USS Independence in 1959, "when it was brand new."

Parker was thrilled with the trip to our nation's capitol.

"I enjoyed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown (Soldier)," said Parker. "We had two people from Seneca Falls on that guard at one time, the father and the son. Amazing. So it was great to see."

Sunday's trip was Mission 63 of Honor Flight Rochester. 48 veterans were on board.

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