PSEG Long Island Employees Welcome Home World War II & Korean War Veterans from Honor Flight
(Uniondale, NY—Nov. 2, 2018) — On a recent Saturday night, a dozen PSEG Long Island employees took to Long Island MacArthur Airport to greet 50 World War II and Korean War veterans and their “Guardians.” The honorary passengers were returning home from a Washington, D.C. trip that included visits to the World War II and Korean War memorials.
Among the 100 or so greeters were PSEG Long Island employee Denise Echevarrio and her husband Philip of Great River, whose “Uncle John” was among the heroes on the incoming flight. John Rodriguez is a 90-year-old Korean War veteran from Kings Park.
“Being able to participate in the Long Island Honor Flight was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “Traveling with my son Stevie and other Korean War veterans rekindled a bond and spirit from over 64 years ago. Ending with a Heroes’ Reception upon our return capped a truly amazing day.”
As the Honor Flight passengers disembarked, Denise and Philip, along with bagpipers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, friends and family, and a contingency from PSEG Long Island’s Veterans Employee Business Resource Group cheered, waved flags and lifted “welcome home” signs to greet the honorees.
Echevarrio has been participating in the welcome home events since PSEG Long Island became involved, and said this one was extra special for her.
“As the wife of a retired Navy commander and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, it was a pleasure to secure a seat for my Uncle John on the recent Honor Flight,” said Echevarrio. “Seeing his face and his smile, and being able to hug him upon his return at the Heroes Reception is a memory that I will never forget.”
Honor Flight Long Island trips take place twice a year in the spring and fall at Long Island MacArthur Airport. The Veterans EBRG has participated in every Honor Flight Long Island since 2016.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.