Little Rock, Ark. - April 30, 2013 - More than 80 World War II veterans will visit memorials dedicated in their honor during a trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 4, as part of the third official "Honor Flight" from Little Rock.
Thanks to a donation by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and logistical support from Tyson Foods and other volunteers, a commercial jet has been chartered to fly the veterans free of charge from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark., to Washington, D.C., and back. The group, which will include veterans as old as 94, will see the World War II Memorial as well as other military memorials during their day in the nation's capital.
Flight organizers encourage the public to be at the Little Rock National Airport terminal at 7:30 p.m., Saturday evening, to be part of a special return reception for the veterans.
The brass quintet from the Army National Guard at Camp Robinson and the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol Color Guard are scheduled to be at the reception, along with members of the Patriot Guard and Rolling Thunder organizations.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to Honor Flight, is a World War II veteran who wants to go on a future trip, or has interest in volunteering to help with a future flight should call, e-mail or send a letter to:
Bill McKenzie, Tyson Aviation
10475 Tyson Place
Bentonville, AR 72712
Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization that started seven years ago in Ohio, with six small planes taking a dozen World War II veterans to see their memorial. Tyson Foods and Walmart have been the primary sponsors of five Honor Flights from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport since 2009. Tyson Foods, Walmart and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas helped sponsor two Honor Flight trips from Little Rock in October 2012.