Veterans welcomed home from DC in last honor flight for 2016

CREDIT: Honor Flight Columbus


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 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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