Prior to Veterans Day, Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a Pride and Honor Flight for more than 30 of Michigan’s World War II veterans. They will be visiting the WW2 Memorial in Washington, DC.
The veterans, all in their 80s and 90s, along with their guardians, will receive a send-off at Detroit Airport, before being greeted in Washington, DC by members of Congress and Ford employees at the Memorial.
The daylong trip is being organized as part of the Honor Flight Network. The Veterans Day flight will be followed by another for Kentucky veterans to commemorate D-Day on June 6, 2012.
“This is a small gesture in recognition of the service and bravery of these soldiers 70 years ago,” said Jim Vella from Ford Motor Company Fund. “For many, this will be their first visit to the national memorial dedicated in their honor.”
Ford recently received the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its assistance to Ford employees in the National Guard and Reserve. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Department of Defense for America’s employers. Ford is one of 15 companies nationwide selected for this award out of more than 4,000 nominations.
Ford also has a long history of supporting veterans and military personnel. Since 1974, Ford and Ford Fund have provided more than $6 million to veterans organizations, including ongoing support to the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network – with support from Ford Fund, 156 vehicles have been added to the network, which provides free rides for disabled veterans to and from medical appointments.
Ford has about 30 US employees actively serving in the military and employs about 700 US Reservists and Guardsmen, along with more than 7000 US veterans.