Honor Flight Will Fly WWII Veterans From AirVenture to Washington, D.C.
American Airlines’ 737 to depart, arrive at AirVenture grounds as part of 'Salute to Veterans'
World War II veterans board American Airlines' Flagship Liberty 737 for an Old Glory Honor Flight from Oshkosh to Washington, D.C., during AirVenture 2010. Another flight with 80 vets is planned this year on Friday, July 27.
The World War II veterans receive an emotional heroes' welcome when they return to AirVenture's grounds.
EAA, American Airlines, and Old Glory Honor Flight Inc. have again joined forces to give World War II veterans the opportunity to visit the powerful memorials dedicated in their honor with an Old Glory Honor Flight departing from EAA AirVenture 2012 on Friday, July 27.
The Old Glory Honor Flight is just one of the many special activities for EAA's "Salute to Veterans Day," presented by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, on Friday, July 27.
On that morning, a special American Airlines yellow-ribbon 737 aircraft Flagship Liberty will fly approximately 80 WWII veterans from the AirVenture grounds to Washington, D.C. After a reception greeting them at Reagan National Airport, the veterans will be taken on a day-long tour of memorials honoring the sacrifices they made preserving freedom, including the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
"All of us at American Airlines are excited to be a part of this year's EAA AirVenture, and especially to have the opportunity to fly some of our nation's greatest treasures - World War II veterans - to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.," said Captain Jim Palmersheim, American Airlines director of veterans military programs. "American has a long history of supporting our troops, veterans, and their families. It is an honor to serve the members of 'the greatest generation' who have given so much for this country."
The Old Glory Honor Flight veterans will return to AirVenture on Friday for a scheduled arrival shortly after 6 p.m., when they will be greeted by thousands of AirVenture attendees on Phillips 66 Plaza and receive a welcome home reception that many did not receive more than 60 years ago.
"We at Old Glory Honor Flight live by the motto that it is never too late to say thank you, and we are honored to be conducting our third annual AirVenture Honor Flight in partnership with EAA and American Airlines," said Drew MacDonald, president of Old Glory Honor Flight Inc. "It is truly a unique and spectacular way of showing our admiration, respect, and gratitude for America's military veterans."
The Old Glory Honor Flight, Northeast Wisconsin's hub of the Honor Flight Network, recognizes World War II veterans for sacrifices and achievements by providing a memorable, safe, and rewarding tour of Washington, D.C., memorials at no cost.
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 27-Aug. 2