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Elderly veterans of World War II and the Korean War in North Dakota and Minnesota have had upcoming flights to Washington D.C. postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mandatory suspension of all Honor Flight trips is effectively immediately, and at least through April 30, according to a spokesman for the North Dakota-Minnesota non-profit.

The decision has an immediate impact on the Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN flight for the upcoming trip April 26th-27th  to the nation’s capital.

It also may put two flights scheduled for September and October in doubt.

The Honor Flight hubs were informed recently by the Honor Flight Network that, in consideration of the Center for Disease Control’s guidance and the CDC’s recently issued advisories that adults over the age of 60 are particularly at risk of infection, that the planned flights would not take place as planned. One of the specific guidelines from the CDC was that adults over the age of 60 should avoid non-essential air travel, because of the serious nature of the public health threat posed by COVID-19.

Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s Veterans for all their sacrifices.

According to the organization, top priority is given to the senior Veterans - World War II and Korean War Veterans - along with other Veterans who may be terminally ill.  

Flights occur in the spring and fall of each year pending fundraising. The western side of North Dakota has recently established an Honor Flight hub.

For more information, call (218) 28HONOR and 701-238-7749. The group can be emailed at veteranshonorflightofndmn@gmail.com.

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