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A Hero's Welcome at OIA

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Lake Mary Life's own Chip Colandreo was fortunate enough to tag along on the most recent Honor Flight. A full recap of his adventure and the experience of several local vets will appear in the Jan/Feb issue of LML, but for now, in honor of Veteran's Day, enjoy this brief video recapping the raucous welcome that was waiting for the Honor Flight vets upon their return to Orlando.

At 10:30 on a Saturday night, there's no shortage of lively parties happening in Central Florida, but the main terminal of Orlando International Airport isn't usually high on the list of hoppin' hot spots. On a recent, very special Saturday, however, a couple hundred friends and neighbors filled the terminal with cheers, waving flags, patriotic signs, and the spirited sound of bagpipes to welcome back 43 veterans who had spent the day on the poignant Honor Flight.

Twice a year, the nonprofit Honor Flight Central Florida chapter gathers area WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to honor them. Each vet is paired with a volunteer guardian who pays for the privilege to accompany the veteran and attend to his or her every need.

Watch the video now.

 

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