(11/20/12) - The airport is always a good place to watch homecomings. But
Tuesday, some travelers got a welcome home they weren't expecting.
As part of an annual holiday tradition, The Patriot Guard Riders lined the terminal at Bishop International Airport to give thanks to current and former military members as they came home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
"We just want to remind everyone what our service men and women do for us every day for our freedom and without them we wouldn't have the opportunity to do what we do," said Partner, with the Patriot Guard Riders.
David and Joan Lee both served our country. David in the Army, Joan in the Marines.
The Lees and other pleasantly surprised veterans received hand shakes and hugs on their arrival.
"Didn't expect anything that," David said. "Just being recognized as a veteran and I've seen a lot stuff lately on veterans and when you put your name on that line like that, you're giving up a lot."
The show of support was a proud moment for Jerry Giesken. He earned a Purple Heart during his service in Vietnam.
Tuesday, he was waiting for his son, also a veteran, returning home from Oklahoma for the holiday.
"It was pretty exciting. I wish I could of gotten that when I get home," Jerry said.
"It was very moving. I didn't expect it. I was very proud to see the support," said Jerry's son Mark Giesken.
A special moment for father and son - and dozens of other veterans throughout the day.
"Until this evening, until there are no more flights coming in," Partner said.
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