Categories: Tom Hamilton
Bedford Minuteman, MA
December 18, 2008
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. â€“ Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds (left), Electronic Systems Center commander, and Tom Hamilton (right), bassist for the rock group Aerosmith, clap to the Air Force song at the conclusion of the Heroesâ€™ Homecoming celebration Dec. 12. The event officially welcomed home more than 45 Hanscom Airmen that have been deployed over the past six months and paid tribute to their families. (Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)
Bedford, Mass. - Family, friends and fellow Air Force personnel on Friday welcomed back 42 airmen who have returned from deployment over the past six months.
â€œWe are all so busy in our missions that we need this opportunity to show gratitude to those who serve on the frontlines of freedom,â€ Col. David Orr said before the ceremony. â€œWe are all in the business of supporting it, but they lived it. I want to thank all the airmen and their families for all their efforts and sacrifices.â€
Heroes Homecoming occurs twice a year and recognizes the airmen, who sacrifice their personal lives for the freedom of the country.
The airmenâ€™s families and two New England Patriots cheerleaders led the returning airmen into the hangar. Former New England Patriot quarterback Steve Grogan and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton were also on hand for the ceremonies.
â€œI came out to support the troops because what they are doing is extremely important,â€ said Grogan. â€œThey are performing an important job that so many people take for granted. My little part is coming out and saying â€˜Thank you.â€™â€
For Hamilton, this ceremony touched a little closer to home.
â€œMy father was in the Air Force in the early â€˜60s and fought in World War II,â€ said Hamilton. â€œI was glad to be here today because this is something that has touched my life. I love the irony and the inspiration…..â€
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