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May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 50 Alaskan veterans are traveling to
Washington, D.C., today to view their memorials for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Alaska Airlines and the Golden Heart and Last Frontier Honor Flight programs, the only Honor Flight Network regional hubs in the state of
Honor Flight Network is a national organization working to transport America's veterans to visit memorials in
Washington, D.C., dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
"The state of
Alaska has a proud military history," said
Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president –
Alaska. "We're honored to fly these brave men and women to
Washington to pay their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
Forty-five veterans and their guardians are departing from
Anchorage and will be joined by several more veterans and their guardians in
Portland, Ore., for the connecting flight to
Washington. The group is scheduled to return
Saturday, May 10. All veterans are flying courtesy of Alaska Airlines.
"This generous gift is unprecedented in our region," said
Julie Jones, executive director of Honor Flight Alaska, "As Alaskans, we feel passionate about arriving in
Washington, D.C., on our carrier—Alaska Airlines. We could not accomplish this goal without the hard work and dedication of the
Alaska regional office."
The Golden Heart and Last Frontier Honor Flight programs are based in
Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
"Both hubs have been working together to honor those veterans, who may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit their memorials in
Washington, D.C.," said
Ron Travis, president of The Last Frontier Honor Flight. "Priority is given to our senior veterans of World War II. Our special focus as Alaskans is honoring the Alaska Territorial Guard who, for so long, did not receive the recognition they so richly deserved. We continue to work diligently, reaching out to all villages and towns throughout
Alaska, to honor every World War II veteran before it's too late."
The Last Frontier Honor Flight Operation Homecoming: Date: May 10, 2014Time: 12:30 p.m.: Reception for veterans. Family, public, military are welcome to attend.
Location: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, near TSA before security
Who: WWII veterans and their companions.
Honor Flight Alaska – Golden Heart Operation Homecoming Date: May 10, 2014Time: 2:53 p.m.:
Reception for veterans of Interior Alaska.
Location:Fairbanks International Airport, outside of security in the main terminal
Learn more: www.lastfrontierhonorflight.net
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SOURCE Alaska Airlines