Updated 06/18/2012 11:07 AM
Honor Flight Trip Makes Memorable Father's Day
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A group of local World War II veterans received a warm welcome home Sunday at Rochester's International Airport as part of Honor Flight.
It was a honor that soared above any other Father's Day for some of the vets.
"I never thought that we were forgotten people. But we did what he had to do and these people are here to show us they respect it," said veteran Joseph Desario.
Desario and his daughter Barbara Bruce shared their first Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
"I think it brought us closer together and the comradely and the ability to be able to care for each other," said Barbara.
Joseph and Barbara were with more than a hundred World War II vets and their guardians that took a two day trip to the nation's capital to visit memorials built in their honor.
"The experience of visiting all the memorials. I just can't explain how wonderful it was," said Desario.
The group makes up Mission 23. They are the last honor flight of the Spring season.
"When you get all the family to come out and celebrate, not only their veteran returning but the welcome they never got after WWII, but it's also Father's Day, so it also ties the family dynamic together," said Rick Meier of the Honor Flight Rochester PR Committee.
For most of these fathers, grandfathers, and some great-grandfathers, the best part is the welcome home.
"All these wonderful people to come out and show us their respect it's something. It's kind of hard to understand and explain but they were beautiful," said Desario.
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