Veterans travel to nation’s capital to visit and experience memorials built in their honor.
AUSTIN, Texas – On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, Honor Flight Austin transported 27 Austin-area World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to the nation’s capital to visit and experience memorials built in their honor from Austin-Bergstrom Airport. This is the 47th Austin Honor Flight to date, and the seventh this year.
Around 10 a.m., the veterans arrived in ticketing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Then around 11:40 a.m., the veterans, guardians and staff assembled for the procession that took place between Gate 6 and Gate 9. The procession was led by the TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes.
Honor Flight Austin departed Austin-Bergstrom at 12:20 p.m., arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) at 4:15 p.m. The veterans will return Sunday, Oct. 15, departing from Reagan at 4:55 p.m. and arriving at AUS at 7:20 p.m., all times local.
Join Honor Flight Austin for a welcome home greeting at about 8 p.m. upstairs in west ticketing. At 7:20 p.m., the veterans are scheduled to arrive.
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.