Today, I witnessed one of my favorite events that Southwest Airlines participates in: Southwest Employees hosted an Honor Flight celebration at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). It was truly a special moment to be in the presence of 23 World War II Veterans on Veterans Day.
Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Honor Flight Network--providing air transportation for WWII Veterans nationwide to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Today’s Veterans were from the basin area of California. Southwest Airlines LAX Employees went above and beyond to assist the Veterans while at the airport. Breakfast and goodie bags were provided for each Veteran and guardian. Employees and Customers waved flags while LAX Operations Agent Dwayne Lewis sang the national anthem. The group will arrive in BWI this afternoon and will visit the Memorial later today. Los Angeles-based BB Entertainment and Zep Tepi Entertainment will be traveling with the Veterans today to film for their documentary film entitled "1200," coming in late 2010.
I’m proud to work for a Company that truly cares for the men and women in the military, both past and present. Recently, Southwest Airlines was named one of G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2010. We have nearly 700 Employees that serve in the National Guard and Reserve. So today, we are showing our gratitude to all service men and women. Thank you for protecting the Freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. We salute you!
LAX Operations Agent Dwayne Lewis sings the National Anthem