American Airlines Supports America’s Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

CEO Gerard Arpey on Advisory Council of Operation Homecoming; Event Scheduled for June 13-19 in Branson, Missouri

ST. LOUIS, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines has joined dozens of other organizations in support of the upcoming Operation Homecoming USA in Branson, Mo. The “Welcome Home … America’s Tribute to Vietnam Veterans” celebration will be held June 13-19, with several thousand people expected to attend.

“American Airlines is proud to support this long-overdue recognition of the personal sacrifices made by the men and women who served in the armed forces during the war in Vietnam,” said American’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and Advertising, Roger Frizzell. “These patriots truly deserve the respect and admiration of our nation.”

American’s Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey serves on the Advisory Council for the event. Other advisory members include H. Ross Perot, a Navy veteran who founded Electronic Data Systems; James H. Amos, a Marine veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam and Chairman Emeritus of MBE-UPS Stores and Chairman and CEO of Sona Med Spa; Brigadier General Robert F. McDermott, U.S. Air Force Retired, a World War II combat pilot, who is recognized as the “Father of Modern Military Education” and is Chairman Emeritus, USAA; Rear Admiral Patrick D. Moneymaker, U.S. Navy Retired, a decorated Navy Top Gun flier and former commander of the Blue Angels; General Hugh Shelton, U.S. Army Retired, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander-in-Chief of United States Special Operations; and Kenneth D. Walker, President and CEO of Meineke Car Care Centers.

Festivities begin on Monday, June 13, with military demonstrations and displays and the Dignity Memorial Wall opening ceremony. During the week, there will be helicopter rides, a golf event, a National Vietnam War Museum presentation, the Clydesdales Across America show, an air show, a fishing tournament, a parade and the American Spirit Awards. The Grand Finale on Saturday, June 18, will include a concert featuring the Beach Boys, The 5th Dimension, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doobie Brothers, Ann-Margret, the Oak Ridge Boys, Tony Orlando, and the Supremes with Mary Wilson. A closing ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, June 19.

For more information about Operation Homecoming USA, visit the Web site at .

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