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Brookshire's Heroes Flight Veterans heading to Washington D.C.

Released by Brookshires Grocery Co.

East Texas-based regional grocery chain Brookshire Grocery Company is escorting 30 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial and other sites.

Known as "Heroes Flights," the program began as a way for the company to honor local World War II veterans for their service and sacrifices. Most of the veterans have never seen the memorial, which was constructed in 2004.

Now in their 80s and 90s, many would never have the opportunity without BGC's Heroes Flights program.This flight marks the sixth trip since spring 2010. BGC employees and community leaders travel as "guardians" to assist the veterans during the journey. There is no charge for the veterans selected for the trip.

Trip highlights include the World War II Memorial and a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by Congressman Louie Gohmert, along with stops at various landmarks including the Vietnam, Lincoln, Navy and Air Force Memorials. The veterans will also attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Brookshire's Heroes Flights Veterans participating in the trip are from many different areas, including Tyler, Hideaway, Mineola, Athens, Palestine, Overton, Canton, Leesburg, Longview, Bullard, Granbury, Grand Saline, Lancaster and Chandler, Texas, as well as Monroe, La.

"As Americans, we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude that can never fully be paid," said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. "Our company is committed to giving back to local communities, and the Heroes Flights is one of our most rewarding efforts."

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