Area veterans stuck on Honor Flight given gift by Southwest Airlines

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 10:12 AM

(KMOV.com) – A flight by area war veterans to Washington, D.C. ran into trouble at the airport, but in this day of cancellations, delays and mix-ups, one airline stood tall and said, ‘No veteran left behind.’

Ray Bohn, a Korean War veteran, was one of those veterans on the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight that was stuck in the airport, waiting for the return flight home. Their plane had been diverted by the storm and there wasn’t another one available to pick up the veterans.

“A bad, bad storm come through right about as we would be taking off,” Bohn said, “So then they kept giving these delays.”

Ronald Lopez, with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, said Southwest Airlines came through and instead of putting the veterans up for the night, and saving money, the airline found another plane and crew to get them all home.

“Southwest Airlines came out like a true champion,” Lopez said, “and were able to coordinate getting an aircraft for us and we really appreciate it. It was very generous of them.”

There are 30,000 World War II and 80,000 Korean Way veterans in the St. Louis area. Greater St. Louis Honor Flight plans five more flights to Washington, D.C. this year and wants veterans to go online and apply to go. For more information, click here.

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