CLEARWATER The public is invited to welcome home about 80 World War II veterans returning to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport tonight after a day trip to Washington D.C.
This is the 12th Honor Flight hosted at PIE on an Allegiant charter. The Veterans are expected to arrive back at PIE at approximately 9 p.m.
The Welcome Home celebration is open to the public and various groups, military and government leaders will be at the airport to greet the veterans. Free parking will be available to attend the welcome home event sponsored by Honor Flight of West Central Florida. Courtesy parking is provided by the airport for the Honor Flight Veterans. Media trucks with identification may park curbside adjacent to baggage claim for the Veterans arrival.
Airport Director Noah Lagos said, We hope our community continues to come out to honor our veterans and be a part of this memorable experience. The airport is proud to partner in this moving celebration.
Honor Flight Board Member Fred Olson added, "St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), Allegiant Air, and Honor Flight of West Central Florida continue to be a great team. These flights are designed to provide a complete day of tribute to these heroes. The veterans and volunteer guardians will return to PIE to a rousing welcome. Please join us. The parking lot gates will be open and flags to wave will be provided.