Southeast Florida Honor Flight Cancels Fall Flights To Washington

In another precautionary measure, Southeast Florida Honor Flight has announced the cancellation of their scheduled Sept. 26 and Oct. 24 Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

Both of the one-day trips of honor, each scheduled with 80 local World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, will be canceled due to several factors, including the COVID-19 virus, and possible infection of the veterans, who are in the highest-risk population. The decision has been echoed by all of the 139 other Honor Flight hubs in 45 states nationwide.

After canceling the two spring 2020 Honor Flights, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board of Directors weighed many current issues to determine the best course of action for the planned fall 2020 flights. Based on risk assessment, the possibility of exposing older, vulnerable veterans to the COVID-19 virus, as well as no allowed crowd gatherings to welcome and welcome home the veterans at the airports, the board unanimously voted to cancel the September and October flights. As much as the decision pains the organization to now forego honoring a total of 320 veterans in 2020, the health and safety of the veterans, guardians and volunteers is paramount.

Veterans and guardians scheduled for the September and October flights will be contacted and instructed on their transferal to the organization’s scheduled spring 2021 Honor Flights, which are planned for April and May. Exact dates for these flights are currently being negotiated.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight looks forward to honoring the deserving, local veterans, 160 of whom will have been postponed twice, with the warmest celebration next spring.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters/hubs in Florida. Based in Stuart, the hub serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is dedicated to flying local veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, D.C., free of charge to the veteran.

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