2020 Midwest Honor Flights postponed until 2021
SOUTH DAKOTA, — Following a difficult decision from the Midwest Honor Flight’s Board of Directors, all 2020 scheduled flights are postponed.
The decision came on Thursday, May 7, and was made out of caution for Veterans, Guardians and Crew. The postponed flights came after the National Honor Flight Network announced their “Lone Eagle trips” which are conducted by the Network staff for terminal Veterans and those without home Hubs, are postponed until 2021.
The following missions are impacted by the decision:
- Lyon County Riverboat Foundation – Mission 7 (Aug. 22)
- Clifford & LaVonne Graese Foundation – Mission 8 (Sept. 5)
- Mission 9 (Sept. 19)
- Mission 10 (October 10)
Guardian Training opportunities for these flights have also been postponed.
“Our first priority on every Midwest Honor Flight Mission is the safety of our Veterans, our Guardians, and our Crew,” says Aaron Van Beek, the President of Midwest Honor Flight. “With all the unknowns, we decided to wait until traveling and gathering restrictions are lifted to ensure all our Veterans have a safe and enjoyable trip in Washington, D.C. This decision was certainly not taken lightly as numerous hours have been given by our faithful volunteers in an effort to bring our local Veterans out to see their memorials. However, safety is, and will always be, our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we work through these challenging times and look forward to seeing everyone again at upcoming events and Missions in the future.”
Midwest Honor Flight will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation while keeping communities informed of any future updates.
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