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Foster Farms Calls on California Companies to Join Them in Giving Central Valley World War II Vets One More Tour with Honor

Valley Communities invited to Honor Veterans at Send Off and Welcome Home Ceremonies

LIVINGSTON, Calif. – On Monday, October 27th, 67 Central Valley World War II veterans – 63 men and four women – along with their guardians will be heading to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight. The trip is made possible through the donations of Foster Farms and private citizens. Veterans will visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, the World War II Memorial and be hosted to a lunch sponsored by a Central Valley congressional delegation at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The flight, which will depart from the former Castle Air Force Base now museum, is the fifth such trip for World War II veterans, but many more remain on a waiting list. Foster Farms is calling upon other California businesses to help make future flights possible.

“Foster Farms was founded 75 years ago in 1939, which also marked the beginning of World War II. It is only fitting, and Foster Farms is honored in our anniversary year, to give these distinguished veterans the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital,” said Foster Farms Director of Communications Ira Brill. “We feel privileged to sponsor the flight and provide the kind of celebratory send off and homecoming that these men and women never received during their years of service. We sincerely hope that other California companies join us in making future flights possible.”

The community is welcome to join in the Central Valley Honor Flight send off and welcome home events:
Monday, October 27, 2014 – Send-Off from Castle Airport, 2507 Heritage, Atwater, California
• 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Send-Off Parade and Short Program
• 8:50 a.m. Water Cannon Arch
• 9:00 a.m. Wheels Up and Plane Departure

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Homecoming Celebration – Castle Air Museum located at 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, CA 95301
• Museum opens early 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. free admission
• 5:30 p.m. Celebration and program begins
• 6:30 p.m. Estimated plane arrival and community welcome home – Marching bands, local dignitaries, high school cheerleaders, veterans

The Honor Flight Network consists of more than 100 independent nonprofit hubs across the United States. For more information on the Central Valley Honor Flight program and to donate visit