On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Honor Flight Austin’s all African-American flight departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Washington D.C.
AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Honor Flight Austin’s all African-American flight departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Washington D.C. The flight transported 51 veterans from World War II, Korean and Vietnam War to the nation’s capital to visit and experience the memorials built in their honor.
In addition to the military service memorials, the trip will include a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This is Honor Flight’s fourth flight for this fall 2018.
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 to Gate 21 around 11:15 a.m. The TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes led the procession.
Honor Flight Austin departed Austin-Bergstrom at 12:10 p.m., and will be arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) at 4:40 p.m. The veterans will return Saturday, November 3, departing from Reagan at 4 p.m. and arriving at AUS at 6:30 p.m., all times local.
Join Honor Flight Austin for a welcome home greeting at about 6:30 p.m. upstairs in west ticketing. The veterans are scheduled to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
Southwest Airlines operates the flight. The Hilton Austin Airport is a corporate sponsor of Honor Flight Austin. Lunch and refreshments will be 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.