The latest Honor Flight out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, departed this afternoon to Washington DC with 15 area World War II veterans and their escorts. This flight marked the 11th such trip made out of our airport. The group will visit a number of national symbolic monuments including the WWII Memorial before returning back home on Tuesday evening. After getting their ticketing prepared, they were escorted with the TSA Honor Guard and a police bagpipe player, who led the way thru the large Barbara Jordan terminal amid hundreds of applauses from passengers and others in the facility. Several guests spoke before the veterans and their helpers were given a nice complimentary lunch from Austin's own Thundercloud Subs. Southwest Airlines as usual provided the plane and seating arrangement for them for the flight to DC. The next Honor Flight will be held on Friday November 1st and will be the last one for the season.
The Honor Flight network came to life after its first flight in May of 2005, one year after the opening of the World War II memorial. Six small planes took of from Springfield Ohio en route to Manassas Virginia, then to Washington DC via charter vans, carrying twelve veterans from the war. As of 2012, over 98,000 WWII veterans have been able to go on these flights, now departing from over 100 destinations. In the future, they are considering expansion to accommodate veterans from the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well. If you would like additional information on our local Honor Flight or if you perhaps would like to volunteer, please contact them at: www.honorflightaustin.org