Thanks to private donations and the support of Tyson Foods, Inc., the Walmart Foundation and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, a commercial jet has been chartered to fly the veterans free of charge from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark., to Washington, D.C., and back. The group, which will include veterans as old as 98, will see the World War II Memorial as well as other military memorials during their day in the nation's capital.
Despite the partial federal government shutdown, we plan to proceed with the trip and see the World War II Memorial, as well as other military memorials that have not been affected, said Bill McKenzie, Director of Aviation for Tyson Foods, who has been coordinating Honor Flight trips from Arkansas since 2009. Honor Flights from other states successfully completed their scheduled trips to Washington, D.C. earlier this week.
Flight organizers encourage the public to be at the Little Rock National Airport terminal at 7:45 p.m., Saturday evening, to be part of a special return reception for the veterans.
Attending the return reception Saturday night is a great way to show your support and offer thanks to these veterans who served our country so well, said McKenzie.
Anyone who wants to make a donation, is a World War II veteran who wants to go on a future trip, or has interest in volunteering to help with a future flight should call, e-mail or send a letter to:
Bill McKenzie, Tyson Aviation | 479-290-5039 | email@example.com
Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization that started seven years ago in Ohio, with six small planes taking a dozen World War II veterans to see their memorial. Tyson and Walmart have been the primary sponsors of six Honor Flights from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport since 2009.
To watch video of two previous Honor Flights from Arkansas, click on the following links:
About the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
AECI is the statewide service organization for Arkansas' 17 electric distribution cooperatives, which provide retail electricity to nearly 500,000 members in Arkansas and surrounding states. AECC is the generation and transmission cooperative that provides wholesale electricity to the distribution cooperatives. Both are based in Little Rock. AECI, AECC and the distribution co-ops are known collectively as the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
Contact: Gary Mickelson, Tyson Foods, 479-290-6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org