Airline formally accepts cart to welcome veterans home
Cart will be kept, used at Milwaukee airport for any returning veterans
MADISON, Wis. — Southwest Airlines has formally accepted a Wisconsin man’s creation designed to provide more dignity and honor to fallen servicemen and women as they return home.
News 3 profiled the work of Richard Kalashian, a Vietnam veteran who organized the design and labor for the red, white and blue cart. He was inspired to do something when he saw a flag-draped casket being loaded onto a standard baggage cart in Chicago.
He felt that person and their family deserved more.
“I think it’s one way of showing our gratitude and thanks for our service men and women in their families,” Southwest Airlines Station Manager Doug Rutledge said.
Southwest Airlines will keep the cart at Mitchell Airport, but it will be available to all airlines, bringing any of our fallen heroes back home.