Great River Honor Flight Postpones Upcoming Honor Flight Missions
March 11, 2020
Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and the need to monitor its day to day status, the Board of Directors of Great River Honor Flight have decided to postpone the first two 2020 missions scheduled for April 2nd out of Hannibal, Missouri and May 7th out of Quincy, Illinois.
The amount of daily information and safety concerns regarding the unknown variables that are connected to this virus and its recent spread, tells us that we can better serve our veterans scheduled to go on an Honor Flight by rescheduling these mission dates until later this year.
There is no higher priority to our entire board than the safety of our precious cargo of veterans and guardians. When taking into consideration the safety and health of our older passengers, we feel that delaying the missions is the right call.
Honor Flights are much more than visiting memorials. The trips often include constant handshakes and hugs shared by appreciative Americans – this includes their arrival in Baltimore, at various stops throughout the day in DC and concluding with the homecoming celebration where family, friends, neighbors and even veterans from previous Honor Flights gather to express their thanks.
We originally had plans for 6 missions in 2020 and will continue to monitor the situation regarding the latest updates on the Coronavirus as to what impact it will have on our overall schedule. At this time, we are only rescheduling the April and May flights but that can change.
In the end, we want any future veterans that go on an Honor Flight to have the same great experience that 1,855 local colleagues have already had. Safety has always been and remains our number one priority.
Great River Honor Flight Board of Directors
The Great River Honor Flight offers one-day trips to Washington, D.C. for these local heroes at no cost to them. Great River Honor Flight, a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation established in October of 2009, was created solely to honor America’s veterans that live in our area for all they have sacrificed by providing, free of charge, transportation to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.