Growing up in a military family, I learned a great appreciation for service and our Country. I saw my father serve and live it each and every day. Living on Naval bases and being surrounded by Marines and other branches was an immersion in patriotism. I even loved moving around when my dad changed duty stations - I was in three different high schools and moved 17 times before my 18th birthday! This is just one of the reasons why I enjoy the month of November and why I am so proud of Southwest for dedicating the month to “Military Heroes Month.”
You know that throughout the year, we support organizations like Honor Flight, who sends the WWII veterans to DC to see their monument; and The Mission Continues, who helps returning, wounded soldiers serve in their communities. Southwest’s support isn’t just limited to a month, but by putting a dedicated effort behind November, we have a great opportunity to show how much we care, are thankful, and appreciate what our military service members do for us. Throughout the month, you will hear about and read blogs about our efforts during November; everything from helping Japanese-American soldiers attend a Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony to thank you cards for Customers and Employees to fill out for active-duty soldiers in our airports systemwide; from supporting Veterans Across America to Operation Freedom Bird.
So, in honor of Military Heroes Month, make an extra special effort to wear red on Fridays, clap for an Honor Flight, or anything else that says thank you to the heroes who are serving or have served.