RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – After an unforgettable weekend trip to Washington D.C. with fellow comrades, Nevada Honor Flight veterans received a hero's welcome today at the Reno-Tahoe International airport.
Thirty-one veterans of World War II, the Korea War, and the Vietnam war were greeted by about a thousand community. The airport was full of hugs, tears, smiles and salutes as Northern Nevada veterans returned home from a trip of a life-time.
Honor Flight is a nationwide program that transports America’s veterans to the nation’s capital to visit the war memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifices. This is the fourth year for Nevada Honor Flight.
“I’m going to be 90 years old this January and I have never had a welcome like this in all my life,” says World War II Veteran, Frank Richer.
The emotional homecoming was complete with a ceremonial water arch as the plane taxied in from the runway, a procession through the airport led by a bag piper, the civil air patrol, therapy dogs, and a warm, patriotic welcome home from family friends, and those who wanted to salute their service.
World War II veteran, Joe Reis expresses his thanks to Honor Flight and the community, “What I just want people to know is how much this honor group did. They treated us like royalty. This is more than we can desire. We had a great time,” he says.
You can relive the special trip with these veterans on News 4 . Reporter Ashley Cullin's joined them on the Honor Flight and documented each step of the way. News 4 will air a special Nevada Proud series throughout this week.