American Airlines to Fly 500th Honor Flight
OREANDA-NEWS. September 26, 2016.
“Ten years ago when the Honor Flight Network asked for our help they were using private planes to take a few veterans at a time to
David Seymour, senior vice president, Integrated Operations at American and graduate of the
Rosalia Villanueva-Whiteman is a member of the volunteer crew this weekend and is looking forward to participating in her first Honor Flight. “My son recently committed to
In addition to the pilots and flight attendants who donate their time, DCA-based Customer Care Agent
Greg Locher serves as the volunteer organizer for all of DCA's Honor Flights and has been involved since day one. This week he is pulling out all the stops to make the veterans’ arrival meaningful: a water cannon salute, red carpet, honor guard formations, a choir with a 39 piece band, swing dancers and more.
The veterans will receive a police escort through
“To have the opportunity to visit ‘our’ specific memorial, collectively, as we did in combat, is a true and solemn honor,” said USMC Captain (Ret.)
T. Hilliard Staton, Korean War Veteran. “American Airlines and Blue Ridge Honor Flight are providing us with a very special gift by making it possible for so many of us to stand in awe before a monument dedicated to all who served during this long three year war. We are deeply appreciative.”