107-year-old ETX WWII veteran to be flown to memorial
Austin, Texas (City of Austin) — On Saturday, December 14, 2013, WWII veteran Elmer Hill will take a Lone Eagle Honor Flight from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. Mr. Hill has also received a special invitation to the White House on Monday morning. This special event is produced by Austin Honor Flight.
Hill, age 107, is from Henderson, TX. He will arrive at the Southwest Airlines’ ticket lobby about 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. Shortly afterwards, he will go through passenger screening and onto his flight.
Hill will return to Austin from his trip to D.C. on Monday, December 16 at 8 p.m.
Join Austin Honor Flight at the Southwest Airlines ticketing area for Mr. Hill’s send off at 10:30am, and downstairs in the baggage claim area at 8:30pm for his welcome home.
This trip is made possible at no cost to the veteran through donations to Honor Flight Austin, a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit and reflect at their war memorials. Honor Flight Austin serves veterans residing within Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson Counties. A new state-wide initiative called The Texas Honor Flight Connection has been established to provide every willing and able WWII veteran in Texas, a total of about 90,000, an opportunity to see their memorial. To support Honor Flight Austin or to learn more go to www.honorflightaustin.org.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport welcomes new carriers Aeromar, British Airways, and Allegiant Air. Austin’s airport has nonstop service to 41 destinations and served a record 9.4 million passengers in 2012. The airport is growing to meet the future needs of Austin with improvements ranging from terminal expansion to parking. Austin-Bergstrom is entirely self-sustaining, generating its own revenue to cover its operating costs. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport generates a $2.4 billion economic impact to the Austin area annually. For more information, visit www.abia.org.