Special Flyover at 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade to Honor Air Force Hero and Organ Donor Who Continued to Save Lives Even After Death


Major Benjamin “Chex” Meier to be Honored by Flyover From His Squadron and Floragraph on Donate Life Float Highlighting the Power of Organ and Tissue Donation

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The traditional flyover marking the start of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade will have a special meaning January 1 as it will honor an Air Force hero who found a way, even in death, to perform one last heroic act of kindness. The flyover will honor Major Benjamin “Chex” Meier, an Air Force pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and in doing so saved the lives of dozens of ground troops while under fire himself. Upon his death in 2015, and per his wishes, Major Meier donated his heart, lungs, liver and kidneys in order to save the lives of five more people.

Special Rose Parade flyover to honor Air Force hero and organ donor who continued to save lives even after his honor and memory, the flyover will be conducted by his Air Force squadron in the exact plane Major Meier flew on many of his missions, an F-35 Lightning II from 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, California.

In a moving tribute the F-35 on the left of the B-2 Stealth Bomber from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, will represent all donors who have given the gift of life while the F-35 on the right will symbolize all who have received the gift of life. Continue reading

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