Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home

Wednesday I had an opportunity to photograph my second Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home reception for 162 Vietnam Veterans and their escorts (primarily spouses). Here are a dozen of my favorite images.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

An individual takes pictures from the Central Nebraska Regional Airport tower as an Allegiant flight arrives during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday.

An individual takes pictures from the Central Nebraska Regional Airport tower as an Allegiant flight arrives during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday.

Patriot Guard Rider Mike Rowley from St. Paul helps handout American flags from the bed of a pickup truck during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Patriot Guard Rider Mike Rowley from St. Paul helps handout American flags from the bed of a pickup truck during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Grand Island Fire Dept. station one Cpt. Tom Cox, Brandon Stahl, maintenance technician with Hall County Airport Authority, firefighter Chad Michel, Dylan Evans, maintenance technician and Wesley Harris, a maintenance supervisor slowly unravel an American flag as Leslie Harmon raises the ladder on a fire engine during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Grand Island Fire Dept. station one Cpt. Tom Cox, Brandon Stahl, maintenance technician with Hall County Airport Authority, firefighter Chad Michel, Dylan Evans, maintenance technician and Wesley Harris, a maintenance supervisor slowly unravel an American flag as Leslie Harmon raises the ladder on a fire engine during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Teri Micek of Marion, Iowa holds a sign that says “welcome home dad” during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. Micek’s father Jim Thompson is a Vietnam Navy veteran.

Teri Micek of Marion, Iowa holds a sign that says “welcome home dad” during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. Micek’s father Jim Thompson is a Vietnam Navy veteran.

Nita Lechner of Grand Island gives free hugs to those attending a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. Lechner has done this in 26 states including coming back from a recent trip to Washington D.C. and seven east coast states.

Nita Lechner of Grand Island gives free hugs to those attending a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. Lechner has done this in 26 states including coming back from a recent trip to Washington D.C. and seven east coast states.

Patriot Guard Rider Tom Whalen of Greeley unravels an American flag during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Patriot Guard Rider Tom Whalen of Greeley unravels an American flag during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Members of the Grand Island Northwest Marching Band arrive during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Members of the Grand Island Northwest Marching Band arrive during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

A member of the Eagles Squadron based in Columbus, Neb. does a flyover during the Hero Flight Welcome Home reception at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

A member of the Eagles Squadron based in Columbus, Neb. does a flyover during the Hero Flight Welcome Home reception at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Hall County Vietnam veterans and their escorts walk off a plane after returning from Washington D.C. during the Hero Flight Welcome Home reception at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Hall County Vietnam veterans and their escorts walk off a plane after returning from Washington D.C. during the Hero Flight Welcome Home reception at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Jesse Gay holds his daughter Abby on his shoulders as she holds an American flag during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday.

Jesse Gay holds his daughter Abby on his shoulders as she holds an American flag during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday.

American flags wave around Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

American flags wave around Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

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