City of Austin, TX

12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2018 09:29

Honor Flight Austin's 56th Flight Takes 12 WWII Veterans to Washington DC

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AUSTIN, Texas - On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Honor Flight Austin's fifth flight for fall 2018 departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Washington D.C. This totals 56 flights to D.C. since the program began. This flight transported 12 World War II veterans to the nation's capital to visit and experience the memorials built in their honor.

The flight is dedicated as a special Pearl Harbor commemoration flight and the veterans will also participate in the annual Pearl Harbor Day event at the WWII Memorial, as well as a special visit to the White House.

The veterans arrived in the ticketing area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) at around 10 a.m. The veterans, guardians, and staff assembled for a procession, from Gate 5 to Gate 12 around 11 a.m. The TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department bag pipes led the procession.

Honor Flight Austin departed Austin-Bergstrom at 12:05 p.m., and will be arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) at 4:05 p.m. The veterans will return Friday, December 7, departing from Reagan at 4:55 p.m. and arriving at AUS at 7:50 p.m., all times local.

Join Honor Flight Austin for a welcome home greeting at about 8:00 p.m. upstairs in west ticketing.

Southwest Airlines operates the flight. The Hilton Austin Airport is a corporate sponsor of Honor Flight Austin. Lunch and refreshments are provided to veterans courtesy of ThunderCloud Subs. Trips on Honor Flight are made possible at no cost to the veterans through donations.

Honor Flight Austin is a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit and reflect at their war memorials. Honor Flight Austin serves veterans residing within Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson Counties. To support Honor Flight Austin or to learn more about the organization go to www.honorflightaustin.org.

The airport of choice for Central Texas is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). New nonstop international flights include Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) on Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com; London Gatwick, United Kingdom (LGW) on Norwegian Air, www.norwegian.com/us; Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) on Volaris, www.volaris.com; and Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) on AeroMexico, www.aeromexico.com. Find all nonstop routes with the free interactive flight guide on www.abia.org; Connect with us on Twitter, @AUStinAirport, Facebook, www.facebook.com/abia and on Instagram, @AUSairport.