Miami-Dade County

A special military homecoming for South Florida’s WW II and Korean War vets

U.S. Marine veteran Conni Gordon shows her World War II medals a few days before joining other veterans on a flight to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials as part of the Honor Flight program.
U.S. Marine veteran Conni Gordon shows her World War II medals a few days before joining other veterans on a flight to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials as part of the Honor Flight program. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The South Florida community is invited to Miami International Airport on Saturday night to help welcome home dozens of World War II and Korean veterans after a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials on the National Mall.

More than 60 veterans will fly on an Eastern Air Lines plane to Washington to tour the World War II memorial and others as part of the Honor Flight program. The non-profit group transports United States military veterans to the memorials in Washington at no cost to the veterans.

On the return flight, more than 2,600 personalized thank-you letters collected from MIA employees, elected officials, local students and civic organizations will be distributed to the veterans during a traditional “mail call” for deployed soldiers.

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department spearheaded the letter-writing campaign, partnering with airport and community groups. The Honor Flight event ends with an evening homecoming at the airport where thousands of well-wishers are expected.

Operation Homecoming will take place 8:15 p.m. on the second level of Concourse J at the South checkpoint. The public is asked to use public transportation and arrive early because of the large turnout expected. The event also marks Eastern Air Lines’ first domestic flight since its re-launch earlier this week.

For more information, visit: www.honorflightsouthflorida.org/EASTERN_flight_dates.html

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