We can fly, we can fly!

This is the news we have all been waiting for, the National Honor Flight Board of Directors have lifted the ban and cleared the way to resume Honor Flights as of August 16th, 2021.

In anticipation of the National Board lifting the flight ban we have scheduled three fall flights.

Flight dates are:

Tuesday September 21st

Tuesday October 5th

Tuesday October 19th

Orientation dates for the flights are:

Sunday August 22nd

Sunday September 19th (this will be the orientation for the October 5th and 19th flights)

If you were scheduled to go on a flight in April, May or September 2020 someone from our staff will be in contact with you soon to give you the information you will need to update your information for one of the upcoming flights.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, restrictions and guidelines will be in place on each flight to comply with the National Honor Flight, CDC, TSA and other organizations that monitor the COVID virus. Proof of vaccination and face masks will be required. You must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the flight. These requirements apply to all veterans, guardians, Honor Flight staff and Volunteers. Please understand that these measures are in place to assure safety and health of all participating in a flight.

Be aware, all guidelines are subject to change at anytime. We will keep you informed as we get the updates.

Check back frequently for more updates.

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.