Peter J. Glennon, co-founder and chairman of the board of directors for Honor Flight Rochester Inc., is among this year’s honorees selected to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.
Glennon is the principal of The Glennon Law Firm. He retired from the U.S. Air Force/New York Air National Guard with the rank of major after more than 24 years of service.
Glennon was selected to the Veterans Hall of Fame by New York State Sen. Rich Funke, R-55th District. The class of 2018 was inducted May 15 at a ceremony in Albany. The New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.
“I accept this honor of joining the New York Veterans Hall of Fame on behalf of all military men and women who went before me and showed the way, setting great examples of sacrifice in service to something greater than themselves,” said Glennon. “I am proud to have served among them and to continue to pay tribute to them, current veterans, and those who will serve our nation in the future. And I share this recognition with all veterans who volunteer with Honor Flight Rochester and otherwise in our communities.”
Glennon is being recognized for his military service, his commitment to veterans through HFR — part of the national Honor Flight Network — his service in the local community with the Pittsford Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899, of which he is a proud member, and as a member of the 55th Senate District’s “Take A Veteran to School” program, regarding HFR and military service in furtherance of a campaign to educate today’s youth about the sacrifice of military members. Glennon also serves as a vice president of the Rochester Rotary Club and is a member the St. Louis Council Knights of Columbus in Pittsford.
Glennon enlisted in 1991 at the age of 17 as an avionics systems technician and later served as an officer after earning a commission in 2000. During his service, he held various positions including: squadron commander, operations group executive officer and Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer. He earned his associate and bachelor’s degrees and then graduated law school, while serving in the military. He received recognitions, awards and medals during his service, including two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals and several Air Force Achievement Medals.
Glennon co-founded HFR in 2008. He formed the HFR corporate entity, developed the original financial plan, provides legal counsel and has been a long-time member of the board of directors and leadership team. As chairman, he is responsible for creating and setting the agenda for the HFR board of directors, which provides vision and strategy for HFR operations. The chairman also provides oversight of the organization’s administrative and operational functions. HFR has flown nearly 2,837 Greater Rochester area veterans on 59 Honor Flight missions to view the memorials in Washington, D.C.
Glennon, his wife Kimberly and their four children live in Pittsford.