'Welcome Home a Hero' program ending at D/FW Airport

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on February 29, 2012 at 4:00 AM

FORT WORTH — For the past eight years, crowds have welcomed returning American troops at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

But now the wars — and the greetings — are wrapping up.

This will be the end of something that became very special to so many in North Texas: A program that saw scores of volunteers lining the walkways of D/FW's Terminal B to welcome military personnel home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since launching the "Welcome Home a Hero" program, they've greeted more than 900,000 soldiers at D/FW.

As the program wraps up, the airport is planning 12 final days of greetings beginning on March 3. D/FW officials say the last daily greetings will also pay tribute to the volunteers who made the program what it is today.

The final arrival event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

The United States Army is consolidating its "rest and recuperation" flights and operations at the airport in Atlanta.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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