HONOR FLIGHT TRIPS TO WASHINGTON REMAIN ON HOLD

Vaccination will be required for 2021 trips once travel resumes.

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 23, 2021)

The Honor Flight Network announced that its mandatory suspension of all trips will remain in place until at least August 15, 2021. Once trips resume, among other mandatory COVID-related safety measures, all Honor Flight participants will be required to be vaccinated to participate in an Honor Flight trip in 2021. Honor Flight is implementing these requirements for the health and safety of all participants. Any veterans’ groups traveling to Washington, DC prior to August 15 are not part of the Honor Flight Network.

Honor Flight is the nation’s leading and most trusted organization taking our veterans to see the national memorials built in their honor. We are implementing these precautions so we can continue to carry out our mission without forcing veterans to choose between their health and this once-in-a- lifetime experience.

UPDATE: National Honor Flight Suspension Has Been Extended

Trip Suspension Extension. Due to continued uncertainty with regard to COVID and COVID-related issues, the National Board has extended the Honor Flight travel suspension through August 15, 2021. The HFN staff and Board are continuing to monitor developments in vaccine distribution and relevant restrictions in the DC area. The Board will continue to meet monthly (the next meeting is April 28) to monitor the situation and I will continue to keep you all updated. Once the all clear is given, there will be a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures that all Hubs MUST follow in order to travel in calendar year 2021.

Honoring the service of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans of Eastern Iowa

WELCOME TO THE EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT

The mission of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is to provide veterans with a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to visit monuments and memorials built in their honor for the sacrifice and service they made for our freedom.

All veterans are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to WW2 Veterans, Korean War Veterans, and Veterans with catastrophic illness followed by Vietnam Veterans and Veterans from other conflicts. Even if you did not serve in combat you are still eligible to apply. Our mission is to take every veteran who applies. Due to a large waiting list please apply only once, your applications are kept on file.

Who is eligible to apply? Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard veterans serving during war or peace time, serving over seas or stateside.

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight accepts applications from veterans in Benton, Iowa, Jasper, Jones, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, South Tama, Poweshiek and Washington Counties. Veterans from surrounding areas are welcome if they are able to fly from The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

Iowans who served.

When World War 2 broke out, 226,638 Iowa men and women answered the call to duty. Of those who served 8,398 died in the line of duty. But World War 2 would not be the last time Iowans would face danger in a foreign country. From June of 1950 to the end of combat on July 27, 1953, 85,341 Iowans served in the Korean Conflict. Of those, 508 were killed. Then came Vietnam. From the first landing of Marines at Danang in March of 1965 until Saigon fell in April of 1975, 115,000 Iowans were either drafted or enlisted in all branches of service. Eight hundred sixty-seven Iowans never came home. Two other calls to duty were the Persian Gulf (August 2, 1990-February 28, 1991) and Panama/Granada invasion (October 25, 1983-December 15, 1983). Between the two, 3,935 Iowans served. Of those 7 died in the Persian Gulf and 2 in Panama/Granada.