For the sixth time since 2010, Brookshire Grocery Company will send a group of World War II veterans to Washington, DC. to see the WWII memorial. The memorial was constructed in 2004 and may of the veterans are now in their 80's and 90's. Most of them would never have the opportunity to make the trip to see the memorial without the help of Brookshire's "Heroes Flights" program.


The group of 30 men will receive a free trip to Washington to visit the memorial along with a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by Congressman Louie Gohmert. Other tour stops will include the Vietnam, Lincoln, Navy and Air Force Memorials. They veterans will also get to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary.

Brookshire's employees and community leaders will travel with the veterans as "guardians" for the three day trip (May 23-25).

Brookshire's Griocery Company president and CEO, Rick Rayford said:

As Americans, we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude that can never fully be paid.

The veterans will depart May 23 at 6:15 a.m. and return May 25 at approximately 9 p.m. Both departure and return will be from FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler. Members of the community are asked to support the veterans during the send-off and welcome home events at FRESH.

While the May flight is already full, WWII veterans interested in participating in possible future opportunities can apply by calling 903-534-3076 and requesting an application.