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Images from Honor Flight’s Operation Homecoming

(HOI) — The Honor Flight started in the mid 2000s as a way for World War II veterans to see their brand new memorial in Washington, D.C.

Since then, it’s taken off. There are four Honor Flights out of the Peoria airport every year and what’s started as a way to honor World War II veterans has expanded as a way to show appreciation for veterans of all conflicts in our history, including Korea, Vietnam, and even more recently, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Honor Flight’s Operation Homecoming is a chance for the entire community to show up and show their thanks and give them a big welcome home. That’s something they may not have gotten when they finished serving their country, but they certainly got it on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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Drew Veskauf

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