May 15, 2014 – Old Glory Honor Flight, in partnership with American Airlines, is organizing Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight II, a one-time opportunity for Vietnam veterans in Northeastern Wisconsin to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C., built to honor their service and to recognize their many sacrifices.
The American Airlines 737 aircraft will depart from Wittman Regional Airport early Friday morning, August 1, to kick off EAA AirVenture’s Salute to Veterans Day activities. After a reception greeting at Reagan National Airport, the veterans will embark on a day-long tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Smithsonian American History Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery.
Veterans will then return to Oshkosh at approximately 6 p.m. that evening for a welcome home ceremony, immediately followed by a concert performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America.
“Old Glory Honor Flight is very proud of its strong working relationship with EAA and is humbled by the opportunity to once again partner with American Airlines at AirVenture to show our unwavering gratitude to these true American heroes.” said Drew MacDonald, president of Old Glory Honor Flight.
Vietnam veterans who are interested in being part of the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight II will be able to submit an application between May 30 and June 23, 2014, at www.oldgloryhonorflight.org. A maximum of 100 veterans will be chosen via random drawing.
Please note: Event organizers expect to receive many more applications than can be accommodated for this flight. An Old Glory Honor Flight volunteer will contact veterans whose applications are randomly selected by July 1, 2014.
Vietnam veterans receive a hero’s welcome back to Oshkosh at the first Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight in 2013.
Photo by Craig Vander Kolk