The welcome mat laid out this morning by U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. greeted the 1 millionth soldier to pass through DFW International Airport on the way to a little R&R vacation.
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Volunteers from the Welcome Home a Hero program joined the good general in the ceremony, which was scheduled to take place about 9 a.m. Tuesday. If the troops were flying on American Airlines, it might have been later, much later.
Still, it’s all good. According to a news release, “Since 2004, volunteers of DFW's "Welcome Home a Hero" program have greeted the men and women of the armed forces as they return home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan for two weeks of well-deserved rest and recuperation,” and that’s an effort worthy of applause.
And more from the release: “To date, more than 110 community and civic organizations and businesses numbering over 10,000 individual volunteers have participated in the DFW Welcome Home a Hero program … making the program one of the largest ongoing community service efforts in North Texas.”
A salute … to all of them, volunteers and military personnel alike.