I flew back to Chicago’s Midway Airport from New York Wednesday night.
After deplaning. I headed towards baggage claim. As I neared the end of Terminal B, I saw twenty sailors lining the concourse near a sign that said “Welcome Home Troops”.
I figured that a group from Iraq or Afghanistan was arriving so I decided to wait and check out the scene.
Soon after, a bagpipe band began to play and one by one a group of soldiers came off the plane except they weren’t active duty, they were World War II veterans.
As I would find out later, they had traveled in the morning to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial and were now returning.
The scene was incredible as the veterans walked or were wheeled through the terminal. Some waved, some saluted and many cried.
After leaving the terminal, the men headed towards the baggage claim area where hundreds of their family and friends were waiting with flags and signs and hugs and kisses.
© 2009 Chicago Tribune/ Scott Strazzante