Greetings to all IHF Veterans, volunteers and supporters!
The big news we have to share is the National Honor Flight Network has set mid-August as a “return to flight status” date! We have been grounded since March of 2020 and as a result we have missed several flights. This is very good news, and we are excited to begin to plan for our return to the air. This is a welcome first step and our local board is determined to provide the very best flight experience.
There are a host of details we still have to manage and some speedbumps we need to work around before we can fly. As many of you know, our process differs from many of the other Honor Flight hubs around the country. Many hubs meet at the airport, assign guardians and then on their return, the Homecoming is held at the airport. We do things quite differently and feel our version offers a better experience for our heroes. We want all future Veterans to have the same wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience as the previous 2,700 we have flown.
As an example of some of the issues we face, currently our normal base of operations, Plainfield High School, is not allowing outside groups into the school. There are also restrictions still in place in Washington, D.C. that we feel would hamper the “normal” way we want to honor our Veterans. There are many other smaller issues that remain, but the vaccination requirement for all flight staff, Guardians and Veterans will remain for any flight in 2021.
We will continue to monitor the ever-changing restrictions and we are working hard to figure out how to properly honor our Hoosier heroes. We will be sure to post changes and further information on our FaceBook page as we continue to plan. We will be flying, but we want to do it right!
In the meantime, we have been blessed to have several events and fundraisers recently. It is awesome to be able to visit with our Veterans and supporters in person. We will continue to share these events as they come up and encourage everyone to participate. It means so much to IHF to have this terrific base of businesses, civic groups and individuals who are loyal supporters of our mission. Thank you!
Just a reminder, if your address or phone number has changed, please send us a note at Info@indyhonorflight.org or call our phone number ; 317-559-1600, so we can keep our contact information up to date. We appreciate it very much!
Enjoy the summer weather and stay healthy and safe!
Dale True, IHF Chairman
Click on the “click here to find a vaccination site and register” and it will show you the entire state of locations. Click on the locations closest to you. If you do not have a computer, call 211 from any phone and someone will be able to assist you. Please remember, the vaccine requires two doses and you do not have the best level of protection until two (2) weeks after your second dose. Indy Honor Flights’ medics and medical associates are strongly recommending our most at risk folks get the vaccine as soon as possible!
Whose ready for the Cruise In?
From the Avon IN Cruise IN:
In response to the overwhelming demand, we will be featuring the all new Avon Summer Cruise-In T-Shirt this season. This was a collaboration effort with Indy Honor Flight and, as always, the proceeds from sales of this one of a kind, beautiful, unrivaled shirt will go right back to Indy Honor Flight. Shirts will be available to purchase at our first cruise-in this year (May 1st) and at every cruise-in thereafter. Sizes M-XL = $20.
2X, 3X and 4X = $21
Be one of the very first to rep your favorite Saturday summertime hangout with your very own Avon Summer Cruise-In T-shirt and help a great cause while doing it.
*as always, prices subject to change due to supplier costs*
Laughter is the best Medicine!
Shop Amazon and help IHF!
Did you know when you shop Amazon for your summer time or holiday needs you can help us fly our heroes too? Just shop Amazon Smile and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to us!!! Sign up for Amazon Smile and select Indy Honor Flight as the charity you support, that is all there is to it!
We Hope You Will Join Us on July 20th in Trafalgar IN
Trafalgar INWhen: July 20, 2021 from 11AM to 8PM
What: A Call to Honor The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica
IHF Out and About in 2021
- All Monthly Meals Postponed
- Avon Summer Cruise In Every Saturday, 6pm Avon Lowes parking Lot.
- 7893 East U.S. Highway 36
Avon, IN 46123
- 7893 East U.S. Highway 36
- July 3rd Spirit of 45 4th of July Parade – Martinsville IN
- July 20th Tomb of the Unknowns Replica; Trafalgar IN
- TENTATIVE – Flight #33 TBD
We aren’t going anywhere just taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe!
We look forward to the time when we can be together again and get back to giving out those free hugs!
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