Volunteers needed for Honor Flight Dayton veterans greeting Sept. 7

Honor Flight Dayton’s next flight is set for Sept. 7 as World War II, Korean era, Vietnam era and terminally ill veterans are escorted to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. (Metro News Service photo)
Caption
Honor Flight Dayton’s next flight is set for Sept. 7 as World War II, Korean era, Vietnam era and terminally ill veterans are escorted to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. (Metro News Service photo)

Honor Flight Dayton’s next flight is set for Sept. 7 as World War II, Korean era, Vietnam era and terminally ill veterans are escorted to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. The group is asking for volunteers to greet them upon their return that evening to the Dayton International Airport and after the final 2019 flight scheduled for Oct. 26.

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.

Homecoming coordinators Andrea Kannedy and LaTisha Fay, along with other HFD volunteers, will be in the gate area with instructions and information and will be available for questions. Announcements in the gate area typically take place at about 8:30 p.m. Ticket counter representatives will indicate the flight arrival gate.

It’s requested that military participate in uniform if possible.

Explore WPAFB Chapel community foots bill for local kids’ shoes

Anyone attending the upstairs reception at the gate is required to follow behind the veterans to take part in the reception in the lobby/ticket area.

Civilians, friends and family members are encouraged to wear patriotic attire. Enthusiasm, cheering and sign waving are appreciated.

Because 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 and Fay may be reached at hfdwelcomhome@gmail.com. Learn more about the Honor Flight Network and Honor Flight Dayton and ways to support them at www.honorflightdayton.org, hfdoffice@woh.rr.com or 937-322-4448.