A crowd is gathered at a gate at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Cub Scouts are holding handmade posterboard signs with pictures colored in markers that read, “Thank you, veterans.”
Men and woman in fluorescent green Honor Guard Ground Crew T-shirts make sure a pathway from the gate is open to let the special guests through.
Finally, the first veteran enters the airport from flight 9090 from Columbia in a wheelchair. A cheer rips through the crowd and everyone starts waving American flags.