On Wednesday, Nov. 27, volunteers will participate in "Operation Handshake" to welcome home returning members of the military and veterans to thank them for their service as they arrive at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

The public is invited to join volunteers, therapy dog teams and others for “Operation Handshake.” Volunteers will be at both airport concourse exits from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Family members of troops and veterans are encouraged to notify the Patriot Guard Riders of arrival times and flight information. Contact Tony VanGessel at 616-862-1984 or tvange58@yahoo.com.

A simple gesture can go a long way towards brightening the holidays for our troops on Wednesday in Grand Rapids.