Little Rock, Ark. – April 30, 2013 – More than 80 World War II veterans will visit memorials dedicated in their honor during a trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 4, as part of the third official “Honor Flight” from Little Rock.
Thanks to a donation by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and logistical support from Tyson Foods and other volunteers, a commercial jet has been chartered to fly the veterans free of charge from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, to Washington, D.C., and back. The group, which will include veterans as old as 94, will see the World War II Memorial as well as other military memorials during their day in the nation’s capital.
Flight organizers encourage the public to be at the Little Rock National Airport terminal at 7:30 p.m., Saturday evening, to be part of a special return reception for the veterans.
The brass quintet from the Army National Guard at Camp Robinson and the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol Color Guard are scheduled to be at the reception, along with members of the Patriot Guard and Rolling Thunder organizations.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to Honor Flight, 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, email or send a letter to:
Bill McKenzie, Tyson Aviation
10475 Tyson Place
Bentonville, AR 72712
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 Foods and Walmart have been the primary sponsors of five Honor Flights from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport since 2009. Tyson Foods, Walmart and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas helped sponsor two Honor Flight trips from Little Rock in October 2012.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, 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 proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
About the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.
For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or firstname.lastname@example.org