Honor Flight has become a wonderful tradition at FTI. One that the staff and 4th C Committee look forward to yearly.
Frontier Technology Inc. believes in honoring and giving respect to our Veterans. The Dayton Honor Flight is local outreach that seeks to honor our Armed Forces by taking veterans of the WWII, Korean Era, and Vietnam Era wars to see their national memorials in Washington, DC. Special priority is given to terminally ill veterans from any of these wars. These trips are provided at no cost to all qualified veterans which includes airfare and bus transportation while in DC. In September 2017, FTI became the first company to fully sponsor an entire Dayton Honor Flight. 95 Veterans and their volunteers enjoyed a fun-filled and emotional day of being honored for their service, while being in our nation’s capital.
This year marks out second FTI Honor Flight where through our 4th C efforts we have been fully able to sponsor an entire Dayton Honor Flight. As we prep in the next few days for the 2019 FTI Honor Flight we want share some memoirs of our employees who have volunteered in the past to participate in the Honor Flight event.
Honor Flight for me is one of the most memorable things that I have done. I was a Guardian to two brothers who were both Air Force Vietnam Veterans.
Throughout the whole day they were impressed not only at the sites but will the whole logistics from the arrival at the airport, police escort and dinner at the Knights of Columbus. They were both honored to be in the presence of other service members as well as thankful for FTI sponsoring the opportunity for them to experience what they did.
From my point of view, what highlighted my day was greeting the veterans at the airport and seeing the people in the terminal just stopping and providing the “Heroes Welcome” they all deserved. I do not think any of the veterans were expecting what they saw in the terminal regarding the number of people in attendance and welcome they received. The emotions they displayed were genuine and sincere.
Spending the day in our Nation’s Capital with these two veterans I had was a great experience and I made many new friends that day. To this day, I keep in touch to see how they are doing.
Mike – FTI Employee
My last Honor Flight was one of the most memorable and best days of my life! I met “my” veteran, James, early in the morning of the 2017 September flight and we became fast friends. We spent the whole day together and we talked a lot about his time in Vietnam.
While we were at the Vietnam Memorial, he was able to look for the names of a couple of his buddies that he remembered from the war, ones he had lost touch with. He wasn’t sure if they made it home and was thankful to not find their names on the wall.
This trip meant a lot to him and when we arrived back at the Dayton Airport he was overcome with emotion. I remember him saying that that trip meant the world to him as it was the welcome back he never got when he returned from Vietnam.
I am grateful for the experience of going as a Guardian on the FTI Honor Flight and again. Being from a military family, I have always had a strong admiration for military, both active duty & veterans. It takes a very special person to represent our great country and they deserve all of the recognition and honor we can give them. I am proud to work for a company that supports Honor Flight.