Last week Southwest Airlines had the privilege of transporting the U.S. Honor Flag from San Diego to Sacramento. This United States flag flew over Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and since then, the flag continues to fly in support of our country’s heroes.
The U.S. Honor Flag has flown over our United States Military in combat zones, the Pentagon, several Presidential Libraries, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial, the National Peace Officers Memorial, in addition to many tributes and funerals, to honor those who have died in the line of duty in service to our communities and our country.
The movement of the U.S. Honor Flag includes an authentication process and a ceremonious “hand off” from the Captain to members of local law enforcement. The presentation is designed to include the participation of the Flight Crew and Customers onboard.
“The whole event went well thanks to the professionalism of the law enforcement folks that met us in both cities,” said Southwest Airlines Captain Bob Sutherland.
The journey of the U.S. Honor Flag is supported by the Honor Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to memorializing those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their family, community and country and also to fostering education of the American public regarding those heroes and today’s heroes and their organizations including police, fire, and our nation’s military. The Honor Network was founded on the conviction that every person who is committed in service to our communities and country deserve the support of every single American and that an increase in American patriotism is vital in keeping our great nation united.
Southwest Airlines has a long history of supporting the men and women who fight for the nation’s Freedoms. We are proud to have more than 700 Employees serve in the National Guard and Reserves. In fact, Southwest was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its commitment and support of the airline’s National Guard and Reserve Employees.