QUINCY (WGEM) — The Great River Honor Flight Board of Directors announced Wednesday that the first two missions for 2020 would be postponed due to the coronavirus concerns.
The missions scheduled for April 2nd out of Hannibal and May 7th out of Quincy will be rescheduled later this year.
The board stated that based on the amount of daily information and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus, they can better serve veterans by rescheduling these mission dates until later this year.
Board members stated 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, board members stated. 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.
The board reported that it will continue to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus and what impact it might have on the overall schedule. At this time, they are only rescheduling the April and May flights but stated that can change.
Board officials stated in the end, it wants any future veterans that go on an Honor Flight to have the same great experience that 1,855 local colleagues have already had. They stated, safety has always been and remains their number one priority.