TYLER, Texas, May 20, 2015 – Brookshire Grocery Co. is gearing up to escort a group of 30 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., May 25-28 on its 10th Heroes Flight.
Provided by BGC at no cost to those selected for the trip, the Heroes Flight is designed to recognize WWII and Korean War veterans for their service and sacrifices and allows them to see the memorials built in their honor. Twenty BGC employees will also accompany the group as guardians.
In addition to visiting the WWII and Korean War memorials, the group will also be led on a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The veterans will also get to participate in the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Other points of interest will include the Washington Monument and the Air and Space Museum, along with the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Lincoln, Vietnam, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.
Once this trip is completed, BGC will have taken more than 300 WWII veterans to Washington, D.C, since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010.
“While we can never truly repay these heroes for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms, the Heroes Flight trips are just one way we can express our sincere gratitude,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “Most of the veterans have never had a chance to see their memorials, and we are thrilled to be able provide this opportunity once again for such a deserving group of people.”
Veterans selected for this trip are from towns throughout East Texas including Big Sandy, Bullard, Gilmer, Grand Saline, Henderson, Jefferson, Longview, Mineola, Omaha, Pittsburg, Rusk, Tyler, Van and Wills Point. A veteran from Shreveport, Louisiana, will also be participating.
A send-off event will begin at 12:15pm Monday at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. Hot dogs and chips will be provided. The group is scheduled to return to FRESH on Thursday around 3:45pm The community is invited to send-off and welcome home the veterans.