MARION – Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has announced that Flight 7 will transport 87 veterans from the region to Washington D.C. next Tuesday.
This flight was scheduled to take place on May 5 of last year, but was postponed on multiple occasions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the latest guidance from the CDC and relaxing of local COVID-19 restrictions, officials said it’s now possible to conduct an Honor Flight and to ensure veteran safety.
All veterans originally selected to fly on May 5 remain on the flight. Veterans have also been given the option to fly at a later time, if they wish.
The flight will depart Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois at 5:15 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the welcome home ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. Those in attendance do not have to be vaccinated, but masks are required inside Veterans Airport.
In order to maintain the highest level of safety for our veterans, all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to travel. This includes all veterans, guardians and Honor Flight staff. Veterans Honor Flight has implemented safety and cleaning measures to ensure the veterans’ safety, according to officals.