WEST PALM BEACH — On Saturday, May 21, Palm Beach International Airport will be the place to be as Southeast Florida Honor Flight returns from its second Honor Flight mission of the 2022 season. At 7:20 p.m., veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars will be returning from a full day of being honored and celebrated in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Upon their return, friends, loved one, and individuals from the community gather at Palm Beach International Airport to welcome the veterans home from their epic journey and to honor them for their brave and selfless service to our country. Operation Homecoming, which features music, flags, loads of laughter, and a chance to share the memory of a lifetime with American heroes, is free and open to the public.
Each veteran on the trip is flown at no cost to Washington, D.C., where they are served throughout the day by a volunteer guardian who has been trained to ensure the safety and enjoyment of each hero veteran flying. When they arrive home at 7:20 p.m., after an awesome day, please help ¨us with one more ginormous surprise in store for the veterans as they are greeted by the happy faces of all ages who have come to the airport to greet them when they return. Even if you don’t know anyone on the flight, you will meet others on hand to show their support and cheer the veterans through the final steps of the day most say they remember as second only to their weddings and births of their children. Well-wishers are encouraged to bring signs, flags, and smiles to share with the veterans and guardians as they return, and you are guaranteed to walk away from the event with a lump in your throat, a smile on your face, and gratitude and pride in your heart for these humble heroes you’ve helped welcome home. Remember, some of these veterans never had the welcome home they so deserve.
If you, your neighbors, your church or social group, or family and friends are interested in being part of something special, please mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 21, at 7:20 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport. Volunteers from the ground crew will direct you on where to go, but be ready for a heartwarming homecoming for some very special veterans and volunteers. To learn more about Southeast Florida Honor Flight and how you can become involved, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org today.