The West Georgia Honor Flight will be delayed coming into the Columbus Metropolitan Airport, organizer said.
Because of weather after the plane left Baltimore, the flight is not expected into Columbus until about 10 p.m.
There are about 100 World War II veterans on the plane. They spent the day in Washington touring the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
There are more than 400 people inside the Columbus airport to welcome the group home. The crowd includes the Northside High School marching band. Director Tim Zabel, calling it a "special thing," said he was using the experience as a teaching moment for his students.
"I want my kids to realize that they are so fortunate to be able to say what they want and have people that want to defend this country," Zabel said. "We were born into this country by the luck of the draw."
He has been talking to his students about the importance of this event.
"This is not just another community gig," he said.
Carley Culpepper, 6, was up past her bedtime to welcome home her grandfather Raymond Smith of Smiths Station. She said she loves him "because he gives me lots of hugs."
Asked what she was going to do when she saw him, she said, "hug him."