DAYTON — Honor Flight Dayton announces that due to the generosity of patriotic sponsors, approximately 100 World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans will be able to see the memorials built in their honor.
Individuals are invited to be a part of this patriotic event and experience it first-hand by coming to the Dayton International Airport at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The new flight schedule is back to a 10:30 p.m. Be there to welcome and cheer for the brave men and women who fought for freedom.
“The Dayton International Airport is proud to be the host Airport and work with Honor Flight of Dayton in this great opportunity to honor our veterans,” said Terrence Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the City of Dayton.
The veterans arrive at 4:15 a.m. to prepare to board an aircraft at 6:30 a.m. They then fly to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, USMC War Memorial, USAF Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard at the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers and other sites. It is an exciting day for them and this free once-in-a-lifetime tour is a “thank you” for the service they rendered and the freedoms they secured.
Upon arrival back at the Dayton Airport, the veterans may think their day is over. However, as they deplane, a military guard of about 200 USAF personnel welcome the veterans and form a symbolic honor march to accompany the veterans from the arrival gate to the honor corridor for their final special welcome.
The honor corridor is lined by the color guards of the United States Air Force, Air Force Junior ROTC, and the Miami Valley Young Marines. The entire corridor is lined by additional military groups, Vietnam Veterans of America, Boy Scouts of America, Patriot Pin-Up Girls, Knights of Columbus, members of Police and Fire departments and of course, a large multitude of the veterans’ loved ones.