April 18, 2012 -
When the HonorAir flight lands tonight, the organization will have successfully completed 12 flights taking over 1,300 East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built to honor their sacrifices.
HonorAir Knoxville is a program established and presented by Prestige Cleaners to honor veterans. Covenant Health has been a major sponsor of each of the flights taken to date.
One hundred thirty veterans are on today's flight. Scouts from the Smoky Mountain Council were on hand to greet veterans and escort them as they arrived at the airport this morning. After walking through an Honor Guard from the Knoxville Military Entrance Processing Station, the veterans received a send-off at McGhee Tyson Airport in which Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett participated. In addition, Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Davis, the 1968 Medal of Honor recipient, was on hand to greet veterans.