Veterans organization resumes Central, Southwest Virginia Honor Flights

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the nonprofit will bring veterans to D.C. free of charge

After a two year hiatus, honor flights are coming back.

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Central & Southwest Virginia Honor Flight is returning this week.

The group will take veterans from our area to Washington D.C. free of charge.

The weekend trips serve as the journey of a lifetime for many who were never properly thanked for their service.

It started by taking World War II veterans. Now, the majority are from the Korean and Vietnam War era.

“It’s long overdue; and, unfortunately during the COVID-19 pause, we have lost some of the veterans that would’ve gone on trips during the time period. So, we’re going to hit the ground running. We’re going to go back to doing our two trips a year,” said Martin Leamy, President & CEO of the Central & Southwest Virginia Honor Flight.

A bus with about 15 veterans will leave from the National D-Day Memorial at 10 AM on Friday, April 22, then return from D.C. that Sunday afternoon.

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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.