2010-03-31 / Front Page

Am Air Flies Medal Of Honor Recipients To Washington

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Brian Thacker led a team that held a position in Viet Nam under heavy enemy fire, successfully evacuating their wounded. Thacker was one of 31 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients flown to Washington, D.C. last week aboard an American Airlines Flagship Liberty yellow-ribbon charter flight. The 31 Medal holders were recognized at National Medal of Honor Day on March 25. U.S. Army First Lieutenant Brian Thacker led a team that held a position in Viet Nam under heavy enemy fire, successfully evacuating their wounded. Thacker was one of 31 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients flown to Washington, D.C. last week aboard an American Airlines Flagship Liberty yellow-ribbon charter flight. The 31 Medal holders were recognized at National Medal of Honor Day on March 25. It was a proud day at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday, March 24, when American Airlines welcomed 31 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients aboard its Flagship Liberty charter flight to Washington, D.C.

With their medals in view on ribbons around their necks, the veterans made their way through a military honor guard, a cluster of balloons and round upon round of applause to the yellowribbon aircraft that would take them to the nation’s capital. There, they would be recognized on National Medal of Honor Day on March 25. Bagpiper Joe Brady made the occasion even more festive when he rendered familiar patriotic anthems.

Key Pyatt, American Airlines Managing Director for LaGuardia, gave the Medal of Honor recipients a warm welcome and wished them bon voyage for their flight to Washington, where they would visit the U.S. Supreme Court and the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony. A water canon salute provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sprayed plumes over their taxiing aircraft.

The Medal recipients served in conflicts ranging from World War II to the Viet Nam War. Many were accompanied by family members.

American Airlines and American Eagle operate three special yellow-ribbon aircraft that proudly sport the iconic yellow-ribbon decals and the slogan, “In support of all who serve” on their fuselages.

American has a long history of supporting veterans and military servicemen and women. Veterans/Military Initiatives are a strong priority, reflecting American’s commitment to honor the bravery and dedication of those who serve our country.

American supports members of the military, veterans and their families in their communities as well as when they travel. Examples include special military airfares, support of non-profit organizations and employee engagement in a wide variety of events and activities.

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