The Honor Flight of Southern Indiana says officials have determined to suspend all Honor Flight related travel through June 30, 2021.
Officials say this decision was based upon many factors including, but not limited to the following:
a. Status of the vaccine rollout and timing between first and second doses of the current vaccines, as well as considerations regarding availability of vaccine to younger populations of guardians and volunteers.
b. Group gathering restrictions in the D.C. area continue to be in force, with no established end date at this time; and
c. The National Park Service is not currently issuing group gathering permits and there is no indication when NPS will resume permitting for group gatherings.
HFSI says their spring Honor Flight will not happen as planned for May 15, 2021. At this time, the fall flight is still planned, but the date has not been confirmed due to airline restrictions.
Officials say while they are all truly disappointed with this announcement, they understand they must do all we can to insure a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone involved. The safety of our veterans has always been and will continue to be the number one priority for Honor Flight. It is simply not wise to risk the health and safety of those we seek to honor.
The HFSI board will continue to meet during this shutdown to look at options of rescheduling.