"Greatest Generation" Veterans Will Fly From OSH to D.C. To
EAA, American Airlines, and the
Honor Flight Network have joined together 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
On Thursday, July 29, the special American Airlines
yellow-ribbon 737 aircraft, "Flagship Liberty," will fly
approximately 80 World War II 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, Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean War
Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and the Vietnam Wall.
"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 Steve Blankenship, Managing
Director - Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines. "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
Thursday for a scheduled arrival shortly after 1800, when they will
receive a welcome home reception that many did not receive more
than 60 years ago.
"Adding the Old Glory Honor Flight to AirVenture is a natural
fit with this year's 'Salute to Veterans' theme," said Tom
Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. "We are
honored to partner with American Airlines and the Honor Flight
Network, giving these heroes the opportunity to see the sites
dedicated to their service and allowing them to receive the
recognition they deserve.
The Old Glory Honor Flight, the Northeast Wisconsin 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.