WALDEN, N.Y. (March 16, 2020) — We regret to announce that due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis, Hudson Valley Honor Flight has made the difficult decision to postpone our two upcoming spring flights.
We know that our veteran applicants are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to take part in this special day. This heartbreaking decision was made after much debate, however above all else the health and safety of our veterans is our number one priority and we could not in good conscience move forward with our spring flight plans.
In addition, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have both stated that adults over the age of 60 are particularly at risk of infection and should avoid all non-essential air travel. The vast majority of our veterans fall into this high-risk category.
We have tentatively rescheduled our two May 2020 flights for dates in the fall. Our flight out of Westchester County Airport will now take place September 19th and our flight out of New York Stewart International Airport will now take place October 10th.
“We at Hudson Valley Honor Flight are deeply saddened that we have to postpone our flights until the fall, however, our next flight dates will be here before we know it and our team will continue to honor our veterans with an experience of a lifetime. We also want to thank the entire Hudson Valley community for their patience and continued support for our faithful and blessed mission.” said Frank Kimler, Chairman.
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a local nonprofit based in Walden which honors Hudson Valley area veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost to them. HVHF is also the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network, which has more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” nationwide.
HVHF is currently seeking sponsorship for future missions, as there are many worthy and eligible veterans and HVHF wants to continue honoring them. To learn more, call 845-391-0076 or visit: hvhonorflight.com.
ABOUT HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which “Honors American Veterans” for all their sacrifices. HVHF transports these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials at no cost to them. It is the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network (which consists of more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” across America). HVHF flies multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. It serves veterans from the following counties: Orange (N.Y.), Ulster (N.Y.), Dutchess (N.Y.), Westchester (N.Y.), Rockland (N.Y.), Sullivan (N.Y.), Putnam (N.Y.), Pike (Pa.), Bergen (N.J.), and Fairfield (Conn.). Veterans from other surrounding counties are considered as well. Top priority is given to those of the Greatest Generation, that of World War II, and terminally ill veterans from other wars. HVHF plans to take ALL veterans from other wars on future flights. Applications are kept on file. For more information, visit hvhonorflight.com.