World War II veteran gets hero’s welcome after falling ill on honor flight

State News

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Veterans from World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam war traveled from Washington, D.C. for the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight. 

During the flight to Baltimore, Michael Altieri, a World War II veteran, fell ill and was taken to a Washington-area hospital after the plane landed. 

After a day of recovering in the hospital, Altieri is feeling better and was able to come home. 

Organizers with honor flight wanted to make sure that he received a hero’s welcome. They put together a welcoming party when the veteran landed back in Buffalo. 

“Our mission is never complete until we get them all home. When we heard that he was coming home tonight, we wanted to bring some of us out  and give him that welcome home that he didn’t get last night,” said Tom Petrie from Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight. 

Honor flight flies veterans to Washington D.C. for free so they can see their memorials in person. 

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