Families reunited for Thanksgiving at Indianapolis International Airport


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Many Hoosier families will be home just in time to enjoy each other's company as they gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving.

Eye Witness News saw dozens of emotional reunions Wednesday at the Indianapolis International Airport.

"This is my only daughter. So it's hard having her away," said Dawn Armstrong, hugging her daughter Hannah, who she hasn't seen in a year.

"You raise them and they fly if you do it right," Armstrong added.

Michelle McCool knows all about that. She hasn't seen her son Nathan Dotts for two years. He's been in Panama doing missionary work.

On Wednesday, McCool couldn't wait to hug him. When she finally did, as Nathan walked off the plane, mother and son both sobbed.

"It's just surreal. Two years ago when I dropped him off, I just didn't think two year would pass. It's passed quick with God's grace and God's patience that he's given us," said McCool.

"Words aren't enough in this moment. To have a family I love so much and to not see them for two years and here we are," said Dotts.

"Family is everything isn't it, Bub?" McCool asked her son. "Family is everything."

Similar reunions played out all across the airport with weary travelers, thankful to be home, drying their happy tears and saying they were ready to eat some turkey.