The first of two honor flights returns to CVG today, after being postponed last year by COVID



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Tri-state veterans and their guardians will return to CVG Airport to take the first honor flight in two years today.

Honor flights had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are in full swing for these veterans to see their memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country.

The flight took off at 7:30 am and will arrive at CVG at 8:35 pm. More than 180 passengers were expected on the American Airlines charter flight.

The sole mission of Honor Flight Tri-State is to transport veterans 65 and over, who have served in the United States or overseas, free of charge to their memorials in Washington, DC. All of the veterans traveling on this flight are from the Greater Cincinnati area, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana.

The trip includes visits to WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, US Air Force Memorial and other Washington DC sites.

The flight was preceded by bagpipes from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, a TSA color guard ceremony and other special remarks in the Welcome Point area on the lower level of the CVG terminal.

Everyone on the trip was masked according to the federal warrant.

The return flight to CVG will be on an American Airlines charter flight. Each veteran is accompanied by a tutor.

This is the first of two Tri-States Honor flights of the year. The second will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.



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