April Honor Flight Mission postponed due to coronavirus

Coronavirus

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Honor Flight Rochester has postponed its trip on April 4 through April 5 due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The organization is currently calling veterans on that April 4th flight to notify them about the decision. For 12 years Honor Flight Rochester has flown veterans to Washington D.C. for what is meant to be a trip of a lifetime. Nearly 3,400 Rochester area veterans have made the trip. 

The rescheduled date for the April 4th through 5th trip has not yet been announced, but officials for Honor Flight Rochester say they are determined to get all the veterans onto a rescheduled flight. 

The organization cited concern for elderly veterans and for those with pre-exisiting medical conditions in their decision to postpone the flight.  According to Governor Cuomo, that’s a population that’s most at risk with the virus. 

“Senior citizens, people who have an underlying immune compromised situation, or an underlying illness, those are the people we have to work highest to protect,” said Cuomo.   

Officials for Honor Flight Rochester said based on the guidance they’ve received on the virus, postponing the flight wasn’t a difficult decision to make. “We don’t want to take the risk of sending 51 of america’s greatest possibly into harms way,” said Peter Glennon, co-founder of Honor Flight Rochester.

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