TYLER, Texas, July 30, 2018 – World War II veterans and close to 150 of their family members gathered Thursday at Scott Events Center in Scott, Louisiana, to reunite and celebrate Brookshire Grocery Co.’s 16th Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C., which took place in May.
The Company provided dinner and presented the veterans with a memory book, a CD with more than 400 pictures, and a video of their trip on DVD, which was shown at the dinner. Company volunteers who assisted the veterans during the trip also attended.
Brookshire Grocery Co.’s WWII Heroes Flight is an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., provided by the Company to honor veterans for their service and sacrifices. BGC has taken 440 veterans from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Washington, D.C., since establishing the program in 2010.
Twenty-four veterans, mostly from the Lafayette, Louisiana, area, were on the trip in May, and all but one served in World War II. The other was a Korean War veteran. Among the veterans on this trip were Joe Richard, a Pearl Harbor survivor; Hewitt Gomez, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient; and Wilson T. Robertson, who at age 102 is said to be the oldest living WWII veteran in Louisiana.
The Heroes Flight trip included visits to the WWII Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery and the Air and Space Museum, along with memorials honoring the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vietnam and Korean War veterans.
“Our Company is honored to provide the Heroes Flight to show our appreciation for our veterans’ tremendous courage and sacrifices,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for BGC, who spoke at the dinner. “Our Company is celebrating our 90th anniversary this year, and giving back to the communities that support our stores has always been a big part of who we are. Supporting military heroes is one of our primary areas of community focus and support. Proceeds from our annual Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods Heroes Run in downtown Shreveport helps provide for programs that benefit local first responders and military heroes.”
BGC’s 17th WWII Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C., will take place Nov. 8-10, with departures from Tyler, Texas, and Lafayette, Louisiana. Veterans interested in the trip can apply at brookshires.com/connect/giving-back/wwii-korean-veterans-heroes-flight/veteran-application-form/