In 2011, HFD started with six greeting volunteers at the gate, and that number has grown over the years. There are 130 flight/travel hubs serving 42 states.
The HFD return flight’s arrival time is scheduled for 9 p.m., but to be in the gate area when the plane arrives, greeters must follow a number of procedures. Those include obtaining a gate pass by showing a form of identification to the American Airlines ticket counter and processing through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint between 6 and 8 p.m. The ticket counter may close promptly, even if people are in line. American Airlines is performing a great service by staying open, so HFD organizers said they request that greeters be early.
Representatives and Honor Flight board members and volunteers will be in the gate area with instructions and information, and they will be available for questions. Announcements in the gate area typically take place at about 8 p.m. Ticket counter representatives will indicate the flight arrival gate.
It’s requested that military participate in uniform if possible.
“It’s always thrilling to see a young military member shaking hands with a veteran,” Kannedy said. “To the veterans, it means they are connected to the next generation. That is one of the reasons why the flight and homecoming are such a big deal to the veterans. They can talk to someone who really does understand. There is respect going in both directions.”
Civilians, friends and family members are encouraged to wear patriotic attire. Enthusiasm, cheering and sign waving are appreciated.
Since the flight does not arrive until 9 p.m., greeters can still attend the reception in the ticket counter area after the veterans deplane and process through security. It is recommended that greeters arrive there by 8 p.m.
Kannedy is the homecoming point of contact at 937-974-7268 and email@example.com.
To learn more about the Honor Flight Network and Honor Flight Dayton and ways to support them, go online to www.honorflight.org and www.honorflightdayton.org or contact Honor Flight Dayton, 200 Canary Court, Enon, OH 45323, 937-672-4094, firstname.lastname@example.org.