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From Our Hearts, We Say “Thank You” Military Heroes!

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Our Southwest Family shares an attitude of gratitude toward our Military Heroes!  The month of November has been dedicated to our Military Heroes with four themes:  #Service. #Honor. #Sacrifice.  #Celebrate.  A “Thank You” can be a simple handshake or hug in the airport, a personal note of gratitude on a patriotic card, or volunteering your time with a military support... read more

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Knights of Heroes

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This is a guest blog co-written by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Harrold, Founder of The Knights of Heroes Camp, and Camper Andrew Maholic, who lost his father in Afghanistan while serving our nation. Southwest has supported The Knights of Heroes Camp by donating tickets since 2008, and we are humbled by the courage and perseverance demonstrated by the children who participate in... read more

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IAVA Vets: Southwest Airlines and Stories From the Field

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At Southwest Airlines, we are thankful for the deep roots we have established with our military partners that support our Heroes.  Together we join hearts and hands to bring meaningful support to our Veterans and their families.  One of the organizations Southwest supports is the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  The following are IAVA Member Reflections on... read more

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A Unique Honor Flight Perspective

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The following is a guest post written by James McLaughlin, Chairman of The Honor Flight Network.  He escorts the Lone Eagle and TLC (Their Last Chance) Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their Memorial on Honor Flights.      On Saturday October 5, I had the pleasure of escorting a group of War Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated in... read more

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Military Heroes Month: Keeping Heroes Close to Our Hearts

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Today, I am reflecting back upon the 2012 Military Heroes Month and Southwest’s commitment to our Troops, Veterans, and their families.  We have been privileged to share a glimpse into these heroes’ lives featured in the stories throughout the month on service, how we honor the Military, the sacrifices these heroes make, and how we celebrate the brave who fight for... read more

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Helping Make the Dreams of America’s Veterans Come True

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Will Rogers is known for saying—“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”  Imagine standing at the base of a monument, and, for one silent moment, remembering a time gone by, friends that didn’t come home, and a cause greater than oneself.  For many Veterans that is the experience and the joy of taking an... read more

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Our Nation’s Flag

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On this day in 1914 (then) President Woodrow Wilson officially established today, June 14, as our Nation’s Flag Day.  Old Glory’s intricate design had previously survived many alterations; however, today’s 50 white stars on a deep blue cloth, representing our 50 states and 13 alternating red, white and blue stripes, which represent the original thirteen colonies,... read more

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Loyalty Month: Ten Hut! Time to Salute our Troops

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Calling all patriotic and kindred spirits to attention!  In celebration of Armed Forces Day, Southwest has joined with the Armed Forces Foundation, The Palazzo® Las Vegas, and Omaha Steaks to salute our nation's wounded veterans from San Antonio Military Medical Center with several days of entertainment, dining, and relaxation in Las Vegas during a special “Salute the... read more

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When Life Handed Me Lemons, Lemonade It Was

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This year, MD Anderson’s Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Unit joined forces with Southwest Airlines Houston Employees to prepare young entrepreneurs to hold a successful Pediatric “Lemonade Day!”   This creative and fun program was the idea of MD Anderson’s art teacher, Mindy LeBoeuf, as a way to collaborate art and academic instruction in hospital... read more

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Crooning by the Chicago Children’s Choir

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What comes to mind when you think of Chicago?  Possibly Garrett’s popcorn, deep dish pizza, the Sears... ahem... Willis Tower, shopping the Magnificent Mile, visiting Millennium Park or Wrigley Field?  Bet you did not think of the Chicago Children’s Choir!  The Choir was the vision of Christopher Moore in the late 1950's, as our nation struggled with our... read more

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Wounded Warriors Family Ski Week

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The following blog post was written by retired long-time SWA Captain Ted Lawson...    During the week of April 8-15, a group of residents of Breckenridge, Colorado, including me and fellow retired long-time SWA Captain John Schnobrich, held the 5th annual Wounded Warriors Family Ski Week. This event is held annually to invite a group of Wounded Soldiers from around... read more

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Postcards From Home

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Last November during Military Heroes Month, Southwest Customers and Employees wrote their heartfelt thanks on more than 1,000 postcards provided by Southwest in airports from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale, which were then sent to military bases across the U.S. and distributed to Troops awaiting deployment.  This was the second year that Southwest and A Million Thanks joined... read more

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A Million Thanks

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Imagine you are a U. S. soldier deployed and far away from home with the holiday season just days away!  How would it feel to receive a message of love and support from home at this special time of year?   During November, Southwest’s Military Heroes Month, Southwest Customers and Employees wrote more than 6,000 patriotic and inspirational messages on our... read more

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Pearl Harbor Day: Honoring our WWII Veterans

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Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and my father is a veteran of World War II.  When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, my Dad was 18 years old; two years later he enlisted in the Navy.  Many young men and women of that age are referred to as the “greatest generation,” and I’m proud of the four World War II Veterans from my family... read more

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