AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, September 8, 2017, Honor Flight Austin departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a special flight to Washington D.C. The flight transported 100 Austin-area Vietnam War veterans to the nation’s capital to visit and experience the memorials built in their honor. This is the largest Austin Honor Flight to date, No. 45 overall and the fifth this year.
The veterans arrived in ticketing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) around 10 a.m. The veterans, guardians and staff assembled for a procession, from Gate 5 to Gate 12 around 11:15 a.m. The procession was led by the TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes and Drum Corps.
Honor Flight Austin departed Austin-Bergstrom at 12:05 p.m., arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) at 4:15 p.m. The veterans will return Saturday, Sept. 9, departing from Reagan at 3:45 p.m. and arriving at AUS at 6:05 p.m., all times local.
Join Honor Flight Austin for a welcome home greeting at about 6:45 p.m. upstairs in west ticketing. The veterans are scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m.
The flight is operated by Southwest Airlines. 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.