By Stewart McKenzie/CBS 11 News
136098165 Welcome Home A Hero Ending Wednesday

A soldier is greeted after arriving back home at DFW International Airport. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

DFW INT’L AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) – It has been the scene of thousands of tearful reunions, hugs and cheers. The “Welcome Home A Hero” program has provided many touching images that we’ve shared with visitors to CBSDFW.COM and viewers on CBS 11 News.

The program is coming to an end as the Army is consolidating troop arrivals through the airport in Atlanta.

Last month, DFW Intentional Airport announced plans to recognize the thousands of volunteers who have come out to welcome home troops coming in for two weeks of rest and recuperation.

Designated volunteer groups can show up on certain days to greet the military and be recognized by the U.S. Army.

Youth, scout and church groups are assigned to Saturday, March 3rd and 10th
Businesses can take Sunday, March 4th through March 9th
Veterans and biker groups have been assigned Sunday, March 11th
Cities and chambers will take Monday and Tuesday, March 12th and 13th

“These final daily greetings give us a chance to pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers that carried out this remarkable mission at DFW Airport,” DFW Airport CEO Jeff Fegan said in a news release.

The final R&R arrival event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14. The last departure is set for March 30.

And check out these incredible numbers. There have been 2,700 flight arrivals since the start of the “Welcome Home A Hero” program on November 2nd , 2003. An estimated 920,000 soldiers have been greeted while arriving or departing DFW. That comes out to an average of 158 soldiers per flight, per day, according to statistics provided by DFW Airport.

The “Welcome Home A Hero” program has seen more than 10,000 individual greeters coming from various North Texas community and corporate organizations. They have showed up to cheer, clap and simply say ‘thank you.’

The organization has created a brochure of other ways to get involved once the program ends.

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