Rocky Fork Enterprise

Honor Flight welcome planned

Organizers for an Honor Flight this weekend hope residents could be on hand to greet returning World War II and Korean War veterans when they return to Columbus.

Honor Flight director Gloria Campana said people should arrive at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Southwest Airlines baggage-claim area at Port Columbus International Airport to welcome veterans home from a trip to Washington, D.C.

"We hope people will come to the airport and bring kids, signs and cheers," she said.

Reynoldsburg schools, businesses and community members raised $35,000, and the Gahanna schools and community raised $10,000 to sponsor the flight, which cost $50,000.

Donations to Honor Flight Columbus also supported the trip.

More than 60 veterans, along with high school students and community members acting as guardians, will depart at 7 a.m. April 27 from Port Columbus to fly to Washington to visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps Memorial and the Navy/Air Force Memorial.

-- Pamela Willis