Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 230,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor. This year, we were on track to top 250,000 veterans served in our first 15 years. Approaching this incredible milestone was only possible with the dedicated and passionate support of thousands of contributors and volunteers.
Unfortunately, for the first time in our history, the Honor Flight Network has suspended trips in response to COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and White House. While these decisions are extremely difficult, we feel that we are being called to protect those at risk for serious complications and death from this virus, including senior Americans, just as our nation’s veterans were called to protect and defend our freedoms.
The outpouring of support we have received since announcing this temporary suspension has been overwhelming. We know all Americans are making sacrifices right now, but for those who are finding they still have more to give, you can contribute to the Honor Flight mission in two ways:
- Make a donation to the Honor Flight Network or to your Regional Honor Flight Hub
- Reach out to your local Honor Flight Hub to inquire about becoming a volunteer or a guardian
We are optimistic our postponed flights will be rescheduled. When they are, your generosity and time will enable the Honor Flight Network to restart as soon as it is safe to get our beloved veterans to their memorials. Your support will be more critical than ever before.
I would like to extend my gratitude to our partners for their willingness to work through these difficult times with the Honor Flight Network including Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta, Samsung, the Hilton Baltimore BWI hotel, EF Educational Tours, SnapOn Tools, and all of our local DC-based support crews, businesses, and bus charters, among the many other supporters that make our program possible.
We look forward to picking back up where we left off as soon as we can do so safely. Together, we will serve 250,000 veterans and beyond.
CEO, Honor Flight Network