Dow Texas Honor Flight Takes to the Air
Normally at 6:30 a.m. an airport may not be an exciting place. But the Brazoria County Airport near Lake Jackson, Texas, on the morning of Monday, September 27, was the scene of great anticipation and excitement as 75 veterans of World War II, who later retired from Dow Texas Operations, prepared to depart on the first-ever Dow Texas Honor Flight.
The WW II veterans were joined by 41 current Dow employees, who are themselves military veterans, for an all-expenses paid trip to the national World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and other monuments in Washington, D.C.
“I have been looking forward to this day for a long time now and I can’t believe it is finally here,” said Dow Texas Operations Site Leader Gary Hocktstra on the morning of the event. “It is such a privilege to meet all these veterans and to know that we are going to spend the day together experiencing the tribute that our nation has created for them in honor of the sacrifices they made. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning.”
Hockstra adds that through the Dow Honor Flight Facebook page and www.dow.com, family members, friends and community members can “like” the page to read about the experiences of the veterans throughout their visit to Washington. They can also see current and vintage photos and post comments to express their appreciation for the veterans’ contributions and sacrifices.
Dow began the Honor Flight program in 2007 in Midland, Michigan and was followed by another flight in 2008 to accommodate more local veterans. The Texas Operations’ Honor Flight will be the first offered by Dow outside of Michigan.