Southwest Airlines, Honor Flight, and Independence Day


Independence Day reminds us all of the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. It’s also a reminder that these freedoms come with a high price.

This weekend, Southwest Airlines celebrates with the rest of the country those Service members and their families who devote so much to the cause of liberty.

As the Official Airline of the Honor Flight Network, we frequently receive photos of the Honor Flight trips that take place throughout our system year round. Honor Flight Network transports World War II Veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C.

During the third week of June, the Honor Flight Network reached a milestone of transporting 50,000 World War II Veterans.

Congratulations on this exciting achievement! We thought this would be a great moment to share a few photos from these flights.


Thank you to Spokane Knight Scene for allowing us to share its beautiful pictures in honor of our country’s Veterans and to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.

For more information on The Honor Flight Network, visit To learn more about Southwest’s commitment to the Military and their families, visit


  1. Saturday, May 12, We enjoyed The Thrill Of A Lifetime As Southwest Airlines Flew 40 World War II & Korean War Veterans Plus Guides For Each One Of Us To And From Baltimore. We Were Bussed From Baltimore To OUR Nation’s Capital In Washington D. C. To View The World War II, Iwo Jima, Korean, & Viet Nam Beautiful & Sacred Monuments. From The Very Start Of A Leatherneck Led Motorcade Of Over 200 Shining Motorcycles With The Operators Carrying Beautiful American Flags, Escorting Us To The Albany, N. Y. International Airport, Where We Were Greeted With A Band Playing Patriotic Marches & A Young Lady Playing A Bagpipe, Was Very B R E A T H-T A K I N G. As I Also Looked Around On The Bus Viewing A Group Of Happy Veterans Smiling & With Tears Of Joy Flowing Down Their Wrinkled Cheeks (including Mine). I Had The Honor To Talk With Elizabeth Dole, Had Pictures Taken With Her And Got HER Autograph. Was Sorry To Hear Of Her Husband Bob Dole being In Poor Health. Even Got To See Bob Dole’s Monument. The Monuments Were Extremely A W E S O M E.. The SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CREW & ATTENDENTS WERE OUTSTANDING. God Bless Them. I Shall Take The Memories Of That Trip To My Grave. THANK YOU SOUTHWEST AIRLINES!!!

  2. So cool – wish my grandpa were still here to enjoy this. One more reason I love SW.

  3. What a wonderful idea. I applaud you.

  4. Thank you for posting the pictures of these brave men. Dad was a WWII Iwo Jima Vet – he is my hero. I am eternally grateful to him and all the brave soldiers who give us our freedom.

  5. God Bless you for providing this wonderful service to our Veterans. The photos brought tears to my eyes!

  6. I LUV this airline and this is one of the main reasons why.
    God bless all of these awesome soldiers/troops for all they did to keep and protect our freedoms, and bless you SWA for all you do to make this trip happen for them!!

  7. Thank you for your support of these great heroes and a worthy cause!

  8. Being a veteran I can appreciate this. Been flying SWA for many years. Wouldn’t fly no other airline.