Sunday, October 2, 2022

A Hero's Welcome

Several Lantana Ladies League members and their families welcomed home servicemen and women traveling though DFW airport on January 23.

Many of the soldiers came from Iraq and had been on a plane for more than 22 hours.

“It was amazing! It was such a wonderful experience and I will never forget it! I’ll never be the same,” said LLL member Patti Blood, who also had the opportunity to shake the hands of several soldiers. 

“Cool!” said 5 year-old Tyler Mason, a LLL member’s son, after getting a high-five from a soldier. 

Lantana Ladies League members were among 200 people who gathered inside Terminal D to greet the military men and women as they came off the plane. 

Members carried hand-made signs, waved American flags and called out “thank you” and “welcome home” to the troops. 

“It‘s because of these men and women who serve our country that I’m proud to call myself an American,” said LLL member Amanda Shriver.

DFW is one of only two airports in the U.S. that has a Rest & Recuperation Leave Program for military personnel.  Members of the public are welcome to greet the arriving soldiers as one flight arrives daily.  Read more about the program here:


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