Honor Flight Veterans receive massive homecoming

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- After a busy day in Washington came a thank you that most veterans had never seen before.

Hundreds of family members, friends, and perfect strangers gathered at Montgomery Regional Airport to welcome the River Region's second honor flight back to Montgomery.

"It was a wonderful day, and we enjoyed it very much," said one veteran.

The excitement was through the roof--a reaction vets say followed them throughout their journey to Washington.

"Everything was just hunky dorey," said another veteran.

"This has been like this all day, everywhere we went-- a tremendous amount of people coming out here to greet us wherever we might be, wherever we went," explained veteran Bill Scott.

Veterans who took the Honor Flight in May even came out to show their support and reflect on a major celebration no one ever had to ask for.

"It was great because we did not demand attention [after World War II] and the American public sort of forgot about it," said veteran Roscoe Brennan.

That certainly isn't the case anymore.

With an aging population, seeing younger generations give thanks--even follow in veterans' footsteps--makes for the homecoming of a lifetime.

"My favorite part is the people.  The dedication of the people that were helping and the people that were welcoming us home," explained veteran Arvel Griffith.