San Marcos Swopes to board Honor Flight
Local Veteran John Swope is will be flying out of Austin with 14 other World War II veterans to see the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. on Monday.
Southwest Airlines will be taking the veterans as part of Austins Honor Flight, which brings veterans to their memorial for free.
The trip is made possible at no cost to the veterans through donations to Honor Flight Austin, a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit and reflect at their war memorials.
The TSA Honor Guard and the Austin Police Department Bag Pipes and Drum Corps will be on hand to honor the them as they are escorted through security at the airport.
As the plane taxis to the runway for take-off, it will receive a water cannon salute from Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue, a division of the Austin Fire Department.
They will return from Ronald Reagan National Airport in U.S. Capital Tuesday afternoon.
Honor Flight Austin serves veterans in Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson counties.
A new state-wide initiative called The Texas Honor Flight Connection has been established to provide every willing and able WWII veteran in Texas, a total of about 90,000, an opportunity to see their memorial.
To support Honor Flight Austin or to learn more go to www.honorflightaustin.org.