Several hundred people were on hand Tuesday night at the Amway Terminal to greet 77 World War II Veterans back from a trip of a lifetime.
Their journey began early Tuesday with a flight to Washing ton D.C. to visit their war memorials. Many of these heroes had never had the opportunity to visit their World War II Memorial. The veterans, ranging in ages from 70 to 90, were accompanied by a guardian who made sure they had everything they needed. All of their expenses, including their flight and meals, were covered by the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.
Upon arrival at Dulles Airport they were greeted by groups of youngsters and moms who came out to welcome them and thank them for their service. Next the veterans boarded buses to take them to visit the memorials and attend a special ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
After a whirlwind tour of the memorials they were whisked back to Dulles and boarded their return flight to Kent County Airport. Waiting there upon their arrival were the Patriot Guard Riders manning a Flag Line, many Blue Star Mothers, and countless family members and well-wishers. Through all the excitement, the veterans seemed genuinely surprised at all the fuss being made over them. One gentleman was heard to say, “Are all these people here for us?”