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Public invited to welcome Honor Flight veterans at AVL Sept. 21

Blue Ridge Honor Flight will host a welcome home celebration for their next flight at the Asheville Regional Airport at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Community, family and friends are invited and encouraged to be present upon the return of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from their visit to the national memorials in Washington, D.C., that day.

“The welcome home for these veterans is one of the most memorable and moving parts of this whole trip,” Blue Ridge Honor Flight founder Jeff Miller said. “It means so much to them to have the welcome home they never got when they returned from the war, and it’s an amazing thing for bystanders to witness.”

Tina Kinsey, marketing director for the Asheville Regional Airport, added: “We are always excited about the welcome home. The airport will be setting up a table where attendees can make welcome home signs for our veterans. It’s such an honor for us to partner with Blue Ridge Honor Flight.”

There will be music, poster making stations, and open restaurants for food prior to the flight’s arrival.

Founded in 2006, Blue Ridge Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the sacrifices of themselves and fellow service members. For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, please visit the Blue Ridge Honor Flight website at blueridgehonorflight.com.