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Veterans get warm welcome as they return home for Thanksgiving

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Military members welcomed home Tuesday night Military members welcomed home Tuesday night

An escalator ride led to American pride at Bishop Airport Tuesday night.

When the exit of the terminal came into sight, men and women were holding American Flags, saluting current and former military members.

"We like to make sure they get respect," said 8-year-old Thomas Allen.

Thomas was with his grandfather Howard Tibbets at Bishop for more than nine hours Tuesday welcoming home Veterans. The two gave countless thanks while welcoming home those who have served.

"We do what we feel is necessary for them," said Tibbets.

Tibbets himself served in Vietnam. Now, he's in the Patriot Guard, which is the group behind the patriotic act.

"These people need to know that there's people who really appreciate it, and that's what we're here for," said Ron Bur of the Patriot Guard.

Jack Wright was one of the men who the Patriot Guard thanked. Wright is a World War II Veteran who stormed the beaches of Normandy. His father fought right next to him, but his father did not make it home.

"It really means that somebody, besides me, thinks about those who never made it, and they're willing to come out here to stand and salute them," said Wright.

Another man who was struck by this welcoming party was Bill Parker. He fought in the first Afghanistan War and came back to thank the men and women who lined the exit once again.

"It means a lot to just, I'm a Veteran, but it means a lot for people to recognize you for the service you did for the country and what it stands for," said Parker.

"If that was all the reaction we saw all day, that reaction, it makes it worth being here all day," said Rose Bur, who was part of the welcoming party.

And it seems Veteran memories can be brought back to life like they were at war yesterday.  Tuesday night, it was a salute to the Veterans' service, and this Thanksgiving, a thanks for their sacrifice.

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