Public invited to homecoming celebration for WWII veterans - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Public invited to homecoming celebration for WWII veterans

Last year's flight. Last year's flight.

Seventy Hoosier heroes will take a day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the National WWII Memorial that stands in their honor - and the public is being asked to join in a homecoming celebration when they return Saturday evening.

Indy Honor Flight will be taking its third trip to the nation's capitol.  The not-for-profit organization provides free transportation for elderly veterans to visit the memorials that have been erected on their behalf. 

The youngest veteran on today's trip is 85 years old.

Organizers are asking the public to take part in a celebration that takes place when the veterans return to Indianapolis following their all day visit.  The community is being asked to come to Indianapolis International Airport to cheer, wave flags, and welcome home the veterans.  Police, fire, marines and even re-enactors will be among the hundreds of people taking part in "Operation Homecoming".

The flight is due to return between 8-8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Indy Honor Flight representatives said that many WWII soldiers remained in occupied territory for months or years after the war.  Once they returned home, many got little more than a hug or handshake as they returned to a country that was still coming out of a recession.  So, they say, this homecoming was 68 years in the making.

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