The Honor Flight Network has postponed the fall flight that was planned to take veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C. According to Amy Rhudy, curator of the Blount County Memorial Museum, the national organization that oversees such flights made the decision due to the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum, the Blount County Historical Society, and members of the Blount County Fly a Blount County Vet Honor Flight committee continue to plan a trip to take place sometime next year, Rhudy said.
Two events on June 30, both from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., are scheduled to raise funds for the flight. An on-air radiothon will be hosted by WCRL for those who would like to call in or stop by the studio with a donation. A silent auction is planned for the same time at The Little Brick Church.
All donations will go to the honor flight, which is free to veterans and guardians. The deadline for veterans to apply has been extended because of the postponement. No more applications for guardians are being accepted.
An application can be obtained by calling Rhudy at 205-625-6905 or through email arhudy@ blountcountyal.gov. Questions about the flight, how donations can be made, and other inquiries should also be sent to Rhudy. She cautions applicants and donors not to submit donations or applications through the National Honor Flight website because they will not go to the Blount County operation, which is being funded by citizens of the county.
To qualify, a veteran must live in Blount County, provide a letter from a physician certifying sufficient good health to make the trip, and provide a copy of a DD214 or equivalent discharge papers. All WWII veterans that meet these criteria are eligible. Korean War-era veterans must have served at some point from June 25, 1950, to January 31, 1955. Vietnam War-era service members must have served between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975. There is no requirement to have served in combat or even on foreign soil.