KXWT’s Lana Straub Reports:
On Sunday evening, I returned from a journalism conference and was greeted by the Honor Guard of the Midland Police Department as a departed my airplane. A crowd gathered as we all waited with anticipation for the Captain of the plane appeared through the doorway and ceremoniously handed the Honor Flag to the waiting troop.
The Honor Flag originally flown over the rubble of the Twin Towers and at the Pentagon to honor fallen civil servants is in Texas for the funeral of Billy Frank “Bubba” Kennedy, Jr. The flag that has been flown at the funerals of fallen American policemen and firefighters since 2001.
The flag will be flown on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at the funeral of the Upton County Deputy Sheriff. Officer Kennedy, of McCamey, Texas, was killed in the line of duty as a Peace Officer on October 2, while responding to a call at the Stripes Convenience Store in McCamey, 50 miles south of Odessa on Highway 385.
The Midland Police Department Honor Guard were on hand to receive the flag at Midland International Airport. The flag flew across the United States and was in the care of the captain of the plane until it is passed to the honor guard. The flag arrived in Midland on Sunday, October 6 at approximately 10:30 p.m. via flight Flight 3749 operated by American Eagle Airlines.
According to The Honor Network’s website, “The Honor Network is a 501.C.3 non-profit organization dedicated to memorializing those Heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their family, community and country. It also serves to foster education of the American public regarding all Heroes, past and present, and their organizations, including police, fire, and our nation’s military.”