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“Honor Flight” homecoming invitation

By Susan Junker

Isn’t it nice to be warmly greeted and appreciated when you get off a plane or come into your home? Even if it is by your faithful pet? What if you were stepping off the plane after visiting the memorials to your war in Washington, D.C.?
Forty veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War will arrive at the San Antonio International Airport at 6:55 p.m. on Sept. 9. They will have flown to Washington, D.C., early on Sept. 8, with escorts and tour guides courtesy of Honor Flight San Antonio. This nonprofit, all-volunteer run charity made this two-day “trip of a lifetime” possible — at no cost to the veteran — as a way of saying “thank you” to those who selflessly served to keep our nation free. Their mission is to transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
On Saturday evening, you and your family can say thank you in person to help welcome home these heroes. The veterans will parade from their gate to the American and United Airlines area in Terminal B (upper level) where a short ceremony will be held to recognize their service.
A few logistics suggestions:
1) Arrive early to get in place in Terminal B (6:30 p.m. recommended)
2) Long Term parking is the only on-site parking available. The Green Lot is an option that uses shuttles to and from the terminal
3) Bring your family and friends.
If you know of a Bandera County veteran who would benefit from an “Honor Flight,” call 210-264-6483 or send an e-mail to mailto:chairman@honorflightsanantonio.org. If you need assistance, please call the Bandera American Legion Post 157 at 830-796-7528. Priority is given to America’s most senior heroes.
If you would like to volunteer (e.g. office management, clerical support, airport assistance, and escorts) with Honor Flight San Antonio, see http://honorflightsanantonio.org/images/pdf/HFSA-Volunteer-Application.pdf http://honorflightsanantonio.org/images/pdf/HFSA-Volunteer-Application.pdf.
The next flight may be as early as November 2017.
Time is of the essence. We are losing World War II veterans at a rate of approximately 340 per day! This organization’s motto is a Will Rogers quote: “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” It is a privilege to make this special “honor flight” a night to cheer our veterans. This "Welcome Home" will be an emotional experience to remember and cherish, one that you will not want to miss – and one that you certainly will never forget!