Charlie was invited by Glenn, who plays with the 45-member Frankfort Brass Band. The band plays for all the welcome home receptions at Midway Airport. (There have been nine celebrations this year.) Everything -- escorts (active duty military), buses, band, and airplanes -- happens on a volunteer basis.
Families waited for their loved ones with signs and cheered as they come through the terminal.
A small way to say thanks for your service. Thank you for our freedom.
These are words that we overlooked while our own fathers were still living.
It seemed like a good time to say what needed to be said, even if it was offered up silently while applauding these men and women.
Fantastically, Charlie happened on some familiar faces in the crowd. Our friend, John, was returning on this honor flight. A bunch of his pals from our church were there to celebrate his return.
Truly a moment among moments.
There were quite a few.
Bless the great hearts that started Honor Flight and are seeing it through to the end.
We wish our dads were here to experience this first hand.
We love you and thank you for your service.
(All Midway shots courtesy of Charlie Johnpeter.)
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