Some 12 East Texans will be among the 24 veterans Brookshire Grocery Co. will fly to Washington D.C. on memorial Day Weekend.
The group, made up mostly of World War II veterans as well as some Korean War veterans, will be part of BGC’s 18th annual Heroes Flight.
The company provides the all-expenses paid trip as a way of honoring our veterans for their service and sacrifices.
In addition to visiting the WWII memorial, the group will tour the U.S. Capitol with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Other points of interest will include Arlington National Cemetery, the Air and Space Museum and memorials honoring the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vietnam and Korean War veterans.
As of this trip, BGC will have taken 485 veterans from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Washington, D.C, since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010. Veterans on this trip are primarily from the Monroe, Louisiana, and Tyler, Texas, areas. Several BGC employees will also be on the trip to assist the veterans.
“Our company established the BGC Heroes Flight to honor World War II veterans for their bravery and sacrifices that literally saved the world 75 years ago,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We cannot say ‘thank you’ enough and are proud to take these heroes to see the memorial that was built in their honor.”
A send-off event will begin at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, located at 700 Skyway Blvd. The group is scheduled to return Saturday at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The community is invited to attend the send-off and welcome home events.