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Veterans Day

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On Friday, November 9, Southwest Airlines Employees gathered in front of our Headquarters building in Dallas, Texas, to honor two of our Fellow Employees who lost their lives while serving our country. Michael Fuga, Kansas City Provisioning Agent; and Charles Kitowski, Finance Ticketing Operations Analyst; were both killed while on active military duty in Afghanistan.

In honor of our two fallen heroes, we planted a live oak tree on the front lawn of our Headquarters campus. Beside the tree is a granite stone that reads ...


In LUVing memory of our Fellow Employees who gave their lives while serving our country. Sgt. Charles B. Kitowski III, U. S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael T. Fuga, Army National Guard Dedicated Veterans Day 2007.


Our President, Colleen Barrett, and our CEO, Gary Kelly, both spoke at the ceremony, which was concluded by a touching rendition of ”God Bless America” by Valerie La Grone. We were honored that the families of both Michael and Charles joined us for this touching tribute.

On this Veterans Day, we salute our Friends and Family who are serving, or who have served, in the military, and we honor those who have fought to ensure our freedom. We are so appreciative of the sacrifices these men and women have made, and we also honor their loved ones. Below is a video honoring one of these men, Charles Kitowski.