Hamilton veteran Ray Lokers embraces his son, Ray Jr., after making his way through a parade-like path through Loy Norrix High School.This flag was hung over Lover's Lane on the approach to the school to greet veterans as they arrived by bus from the airport.This gentleman was the first to make his way into the school.Everyone wanted to shake the veterans' hands.The Patriot Guard Riders were on hand to greet veterans during the welcoming party.This sign greeted veterans as they entered the school for several hallways' worth of cheering and hand-shaking.The halls were crowded but full of cheer.

Veterans on Honor Flight welcomed home to cheers

Ryan Lewis, Editor

KALAMAZOO—A Talons Out Honor Flight was Saturday, April 25.

The nonprofit effort flew 69 veterans to Washington, D.C., and back the same day to visit the World War II memorial as well as other war memorials.

They returned to Michigan that night around 9 p.m. and were greeted at Loy Norrix High School by hundreds of people waving flags and “Welcome Home” signs. The crowd lined the entrance to the school and a lengthy path through the building, shaking veterans’ hands and thanking them.

Check www.allegannews.com for a more extensive photo gallery of the veterans’ return as well as videos of several county veterans reacting to the exuberant celebration.

Here is one of those videos, as The Allegan County News speaks with Dunningville veteran Norris Northrup.


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