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May 7, 2014


Honor Flight Houston gives WW II veterans an opportunity to reflect at memorials dedicated to their service.

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  WW II Veterans participate in the pledge of allegiance in the Hobby Airport lobby area before arriving at the gate.
 
More than 25 World War II veterans arrived at William P. Hobby Airport on Friday, April 25 for a special sendoff as they departed Houston for the U.S. Capitol.

Honor Flight Houston, a non-profit organization, took Houston-area World War II veterans on a trip to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The Honor Flight Network incurs all the charges associated with the trip.

“Honor Flight Houston provides a great opportunity to thank the veterans of World War II, and the Houston Airport System is proud to be a part of the send-off for our hometown heroes,” said Perry Miller, William P. Hobby Airport General Manager.

Hobby Airport employees treated the veterans to lunch at the gate before their flight, and employees and passengers cheered and clapped as the vets made their way to the gate. The Scarborough High School Army JROTC students Basillio Verde, Maria Del Rio, Aaron Compton, Ivan Marque posted the colors and CSM John Williamson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Houston was added as a hub for the Honor Flight Network in June 2013, and our first flight was a success thanks to our many partners including the Houston Airport System, The Transportation Security Agency and Southwest Airlines," said Edd Harshbarger, founder of Honor Flight’s Houston chapter. “We will be sending about 35 veterans to Washington D.C. in June and have two more Honor Flights planned for later this year.”

Honor Flight Houston is always looking for volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities, ways to donate or to submit an application for a veteranto participate on an upcoming Honor Flight from Houston please contact www.HonorFlightHouston.org.
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