Tallahassee Cadets Welcome Honor Flight
Tallahassee, Fla -
Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Tallahassee Composite Squadron (FL 432) were on hand to greet returning members of the Honor Flight as they returned from spending the day in Washington D.C. Lead by Squadron Commander Captain Ken Jacobs, the cadets were part of a large “welcome home party” for veterans who saw service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Although the aircraft carrying these honored veterans didn’t return until late in the evening, hundreds gathered at Tallahassee International Airport to show honor and respect for these proud veterans. Six cadets decked out in their dress blues were assigned to the welcome line and each was given an American flag to show their respect as these honored veterans departed their aircraft and entered the terminal.
According to Captain Jacobs, “It has been an honor to welcome home each Honor Flight, and what was amazing was that these veterans wanted to shake the hands of each of our cadets. Now that makes me proud of our kids.”
While attendance at this event was not mandatory, the cadets from the Tallahassee Squadron believe in showing respect for those men and women who served their country in time of war.
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