Last night, I was finally able to attend the Louisiana Honor Air homecoming at New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY). Since meeting Larry Jones, who is on the Sub Committee Chairman for this program, I have been trying to attend a homecoming. This was the 3rd one that left and returned to MSY in 2 months. I was explaining to my hubby the best I could about this program while we were heading there. This group takes World War II Veterans on a one day trip to DC to see the WWII Monument, Arlington, other monuments, they have a little bus tour and then come home for a huge homecoming. There was a Color Guard, American Legion Band, tons of men and women in uniform, cheerleaders, VFW & AMVETS members and tons of people just there to cheer them home like us!
They were about a half hour late so my family was a little antsy but they were good sports. My husband and I were certainly not prepared for how emotional this would be. For the next 45 minutes or so, we clapped, cheered, shook hands and thanked the Veterans as they went down the runway. To see how thrilled they were, the look on their faces and some fighting back tears, tears of joy, was completely overwhelming. They were all beaming with pride that their service was recognized and appreciated on this very day – it was PRICELSS. This is another one of those posts that I can’t do justice in writing, it is something you have to experience. I will post the dates of future events and encourage you to get involved with this organizations. My husband and I could not believe how moved we were and could not stop talking about what a wonderful program this was. I spoke to a man on the way out who took his first airplane ride that day and it was his birthday. He could not stop grinning!