May 6, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 50 Alaskan veterans are traveling to
, 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
, dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
"The state of
has a proud military history," said
, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president –
. "We're honored to fly these brave men and women to
to pay their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
Forty-five veterans and their guardians are departing from
and will be joined by several more veterans and their guardians in
, for the connecting flight to
. 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
, executive director of Honor Flight Alaska, "As Alaskans, we feel passionate about arriving in
, on our carrier—Alaska Airlines. We could not accomplish this goal without the hard work and dedication of the
The Golden Heart and Last Frontier Honor Flight programs are based in
, 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
, 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
, to honor every World War II veteran before it's too late."
The Last Frontier Honor Flight Operation Homecoming:
May 10, 2014
12:30 p.m.: Reception for veterans. Family, public, military are welcome to attend.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, near TSA before security
WWII veterans and their companions.
Honor Flight Alaska – Golden Heart Operation Homecoming
May 10, 2014
Reception for veterans of Interior Alaska.
International Airport, outside of security in the main terminal
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, the Lower 48,
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SOURCE Alaska Airlines