UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 8:07pm
Killeen, Texas (KWKT) — Making another trip to Texas, the United States Honor Flag will arrive in Killeen, Texas on American Airlines flight 2569 on Wednesday July 17, 2013 The U.S. Honor Flag will return to Texas from Orange County California. Since last week the flag has crisscrossed the country honoring 19 fallen firefighters in Arizona. Two of the 19 firefighters were from California. It comes to Killeen to honor Killeen Police Officer Bobby Hornsby. Police Officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT deployment at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Grandon Drive shortly after midnight.
The USHF first flew during the recovery efforts at ground zero in New York City. Since then it has traveled more than 6 million miles. To over a thousand events to honor fallen firefighters, police officers and members of the United States Armed Forces. Aboard the final NASA Space Shuttle Mission, STS-135 this one flag has circled the earth 215 times.
This one flag has flown with our Nation's Military, our Nation's Capitol, over Ground Zero, State Capitols, the Pentagon, Presidential Libraries, State and National Memorials and many funerals and tributes to honor those in Public Safety and the United States Military, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities and country. The United States Honor Flag has become a symbol of honor, rich in history, inspiring a renewed spirit of American patriotism as it has paid tribute to those who have answered the call of duty and gone before us, forever remembered.