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Public call for big crowd at Saturday Honor Flight homecoming

Public call for big crowd at Saturday Honor Flight homecoming

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 26, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The people behind the Honor Flight program in Southeastern Wisconsin are asking you to help welcome home 112 veterans on Saturday in Milwaukee.

This weekend's flight is smaller than many recent trips, and it means that fewer family members to welcome heroes home after a trip to see the World War II monument in Washington, D.C.

The public is being encouraged to show up at Mitchell International Airport and make Milwaukee-area World War II veterans feel special.

"We have a public homecoming that happens at Mitchell International Airport that really should be on everyone's bucket list.  It is something that you can't describe.  You have to be in that airport and be part of this homecoming celebration," said Renee Riddle of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

"It is families.  It is neighbors.  It is community groups.  It is marching bands.  It is unbelievable, and these veterans are just overcome."

Volunteers will be at the airport to show you where to go.  Mitchell allows people to bring in bag chairs to use while you wait.

Crowds are expected to show up at the airport at about 6:30 p.m., while the veterans' plane is expected to arrive back in Milwaukee at about 8:30 p.m.