Lingering pandemic-related restrictions are forcing the continued delay of the Farm Bureau-sponsored Honor Flight originally scheduled for May 9, 2020.
In late 2019 Michigan Farm Bureau announced it was partnering with Portage-based Talons Out and pledging $25,000 toward a flight for member veterans of WWII and Korea. By March of last year, 24 veteran-guardian pairs (two each from MFB’s 12 districts) were chosen, registered and ready to fly when the pandemic hit.
COVID quickly grounded all 2020 Honor Flights and this year the organization’s national-level governing body, Honor Flight Network, has grounded all flights through at least mid-August due to ongoing restrictions in Washington D.C.
Additionally, and at least through the end of 2021, all Honor Flight participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning at least two weeks has passed since their second dose of a two-dose vaccines, or 28 days since a single-dose vaccine.
Due to the limited time frame and vaccination uncertainty, MFB decided to further postpone its sponsored flight until next year, when it is hoped fewer restrictions will impede participation.
MFB will continue to keep members informed as the situation evolves, including direct contact to those registered for the flight; your service — and now your patience — is deeply appreciated.
MFB staff contact: Jeremy C. Nagel, 517-323-6585