At Southwest Airlines, our Employees are proud to serve our military all year-round, whether it is preboarding at the gates, encouraging a round of applause in the gate area, or making announcements on the plane in honor of traveling service men and women and letting them deplane first. This past weekend was Memorial Day, a special occasion for honoring those who served and remembering their sacrifices. Southwest Employees also took the day as an opportunity to honor all military personnel in many different ways:
In West Palm Beach, Employees (like the one below) remembered our troops with patriotic decorations.
In Lubbock (LBB), Employees pulled out all the stops for Lois Young, an 87-years-young veteran. Ms. Young was a member of the Women’s Air force Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, and flew with us to attend a military reunion at the National WASP WWII Museum. LBB greeted Ms. Young with a Water Cannon salute and Marine Color Guard upon her arrival. Our own Capt. John Sims presented Ms. Young with his own personal set of USAF Command Pilot Wings, which he proudly wore while he served in the Air Force.
Nashville Employees honored three generations of veterans who served in WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. The veterans were on their way to celebrate Memorial Day in Baltimore. Employees thanked the family for their service with a speech at their gate and champagne and gift bags onboard.
A Team of Southwest Employees from Reagan National in Washington, D.C. flew all the way to Austin on May 11 to visit their “adopted” veteran, the oldest-living WWII veteran Sgt. Richard Overton. The Employees really showed their Servant’s Hearts by surprising Sgt. Overton for his 108th birthday and bringing him Southwest goodies.
Another set of Southwest's Reagan National Employees recognized Memorial Day with a cook-in for their Coworkers!
At Southwest Airlines, we recognize that the United States of America is the land of the free because of the brave. We can never say it enough: thank you to all those who have served and sacrificed to protect our country.