Volunteers needed May 25 to greet Honor Flight Dayton veterans

Honor Flight Dayton’s next flight is set for May 25 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 at the Dayton International Airport and after two additional flights scheduled for Sept. 7 and 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. HFD organizers said they request that greeters be early.

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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.

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.

Andrea Kannedy, one of the “greeting” organizers, is the homecoming point of contact at 937-974-7268 and hfdwelcomehome@gmail.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, hfdoffice@woh.rr.com.

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