COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Columbus is honoring our veterans with a big welcome home at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Veterans on an honor flight came home from Washington D.C. on Saturday night after visiting war memorials.
It was the first all-Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam veteran trip today.
Veteran Bernie Ryznar was on the trip today. It was his firs time being in D.C.
“It was remarkable. We got the chance to see every single war memorial that was there,” he says.
Ryznar says seeing all the people welcome them home was incredible.
“It’s the feeling we didn’t get when we got back home from Vietnam and it feels like we’re getting it now,” he says.
Ninety-eight veterans were on the flight.
About 1,000 family members – wives, children, friends – were here to give their vets a big welcome home.
“The atmosphere is quite like the World’s Fair,” says volunteer and Vietnam veteran Alan Wallace. “It’s quite a bit of excitement.”
Margaret Kraner waited patiently and excitedly to greet her husband, Dick Kraner, as he got off the plane.
“It’s very important to him. He made the remark he was going for all his buddies and you know all the memories bad and good,” she says.
This was the last honor flight for this year, but the organization is already taking applications for next year.
If you’d like to apply to go on an honor flight or volunteer, head to honorflightcolumbus.org
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