DAYTON — Honor Flight Dayton is extremely pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of patriotic sponsors, approximately 100 WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans will be able to see the memorials built in their honor. Be part of this patriotic event and experience it firsthand by coming to the Dayton International Airport by 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Be there to welcome and cheer for the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.
“The Dayton International Airport is proud to be the host airport and work with Honor Flight of Dayton in this great opportunity to honor our veterans,” Terrence G. Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the City of Dayton, said.
The veterans arrive at 3:30 a.m. to prepare to board an aircraft at 6 a.m. The Dayton International Airport supplies complimentary water, beverages, fruits, and pastries to the outbound veterans in the morning. Additional airport staff, police, and firefighters are on hand to assist the group in their departure and return to the Dayton International Airport.
The veterans fly to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, USMC War Memorial, USAF Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard at the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers, and other sites. It is an exciting day for them and this free once-in-a-lifetime tour is a “thank you” for the service they rendered and the freedoms they secured for us when they served in the U.S. military decades ago.
Upon arrival back at the Dayton Airport around 10:30 p.m., the veterans are welcomed by a military guard of about 200 USAF personnel who welcome the veterans and form a symbolic Honor March to accompany the veterans from the arrival gate to the Honor Corridor lined by the Color Guards of the United States Air Force, Air Force Junior ROTC, and the Miami Valley Young Marines. The entire corridor is lined by additional military groups, Vietnam Veterans of America, Boy Scouts of America, Patriot Pin-Up Girls, Knights of Columbus, members of police and fire departments and of course, a multitude of the veterans’ loved ones. A special treat is the presence of the 40-piece Centerville Community Band.
Join the cheers of the waiting families, friends and grateful citizens. See the smiles and tears of the veterans as they pass through the Honor Corridor under the colorful U.S. and military service flags. Join in the singing of the national anthem and the enthusiastic cheering. All of these assure a memorable event for the returning veterans and those who honor them. For many veterans, it is the welcome home they never received and a small tribute for those who gave so much.
Honor Flight Dayton is inviting all who wish to attend this event. Patriotic attire and signs are encouraged. Present and former military and public safety personnel are encouraged to come in uniform. It’s free and no reservations are needed. PARK-N-GO in Vandalia offers free parking to anyone who comes to the Honor Flight.