Central Missouri Honor Flight Escort

This is the 29th escort run. There is several meet-up locations including Mid America HD in Columbia, Jefferson City, Ashland and various other locations in the area.

Staging: BP Gas Station (west parking area) in Kingdom City, MO at NW corner of the junction of I-70 and Hwy 54.

ITINERARY:

Staging at 7:30pm - Kingdom City

Schedule indicates that the bus should go through Kingdom City at 10:20pm with a 10:40pm arrival at the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia.

As always, the time posted can change.  It can change as late as the day of the flight. Boz or Tammy will update times when we get word on the flight. There are many factors that can effect the time that the buses come through Kingdom City.  So check back often for updates.

Escort will be from Kingdom City to Columbia with the Hwy Patrol Assistance joined by the Columbia Police, Sheriff's Association and University Police. The fire department does such a cool thing too with that big flag hanging on the boom which is awesome.

For those that are new to this, here is how it works. With the Hwy Patrol's assistance, the progress of the buses is monitored. As they get closer to Kingdom City, we move out onto the Interstate on-ramp and wait. When they pass us, we take off in pursuit with Patrol escort and pass the buses to get in front of them to escort them to the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel in Columbia. The various law enforcement agencies block all the intersections to help the Flight get safely to it's destination. Once we get there, we help the veterans off the buses and into the hotel. It is a truly awesome experience and the Veterans appreciate it so much. You'll never know until you see the happy and tearful expressions on their faces.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER!!

The times posted here are subject to change.  So many factors can effect the schedule so please check back closer to the date.  We will update the meetup with any changes.

The Honor Flight is a special event and if you have never attended one I want to encourage you to do so.  With that being said, I know not everyone can.  This is a late night event and most of us have to get up and work the next day.  Some of us live to far away to ride home afterwards, and money and time off my prevent us from being able to get a hotel room.  We understand this and know that if you are not there for the escort, you are there in spirit.

Hotel Information

In the past, the Marriott extended the Honor Flight rate to riders.  If you need a hotel, check with them first and tell them you are an Honor Flight Rider.

Stoney Creek Inn may be offering the same rates to the riders as they do to the Veteran's.

About Central Missouri Honor Flight:
"We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.  The group transports our heroes from throughout Central Missouri to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to them.  Since our inception in 2009, we have transported over 1650 veterans to Washington on 28 flights.  Top priority is given to senior veterans – WWII survivors, along with other veterans of Korea and Vietnam who may be terminally ill.  We are a totally volunteer organization and are funded by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses who wish to see our aging veterans honored before it is too late.

  Of all the wars in recent memory, it was WWII that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and free society.  Now, with more than 640 WWII veterans dying each day, time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

  Central Missouri Honor Flight will do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help them travel at no cost.  Medical and mobility issues are no problem.  We travel with doctors, nurses, paramedics and younger veterans who serve as personal guardians to our honored guests.  We also travel with a “large fleet” of wheelchairs for those veterans who require wheelchairs or may need one as they tire.  We complete the trip in one day so our veterans do not have to spend the night in Washington.

  While we continue to give priority to WWII veterans, we are now starting to move into the ranks of our Korean War veterans.  As we meet the need of that generation of heroes and assuming financial donations continue, we will then start meeting the need of our heroes from the Vietnam era."

Top priority is given to senior veterans – WWII survivors, along with other veterans of Korea and Vietnam who may be terminally ill. 

Please, if you know a WWII Veteran (and now Korean) that has not been on the flight and would like to go, put them in touch with the Honor Flight.  The Honor Flight can accommodate Veterans with health problems.  Don't let a health issue keep you from applying.

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  • Jeff C.

    Awesome

    1 · September 5

  • Dave and B.

    What an amazing group of friends and family, so proud to be part of it!

    3 · September 5

  • Gary B.

    It was great

    2 · September 4

  • Gary B.

    I finally got to meet a couple of Central Missouri riders. They were good people I enjoy being with them. I can't wait until we meet some more members and do a lot of riding.

    4 · September 4

  • charles s.

    great ride. hope lots more to come

    3 · September 4

  • Nick B.

    Awesome, loved it!!

    1 · September 4

  • Nick B.

    Awesome, loved it!!

    2 · September 4

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    As a Guardian on the flight, I have had about 6 hours sleep since Tuesday. So if I ramble here that is why. Let me just say that each and every one of you are very much appreciated and to see you go by from the inside of the bus is a truly humbling experience! You give up sleep, take off work etc. but in the end it is all worth it. Keep up the good work bikers, you make the homecoming one last final experience they will never forget!

    4 · September 4

  • kyle a.

    as always its a great time, but man do I pay for it the next day.

    3 · September 4

    • Boz

      I hear ya brother. I couldn't take the day off this time. I'm having trouble remembering my name. haha

      2 · September 4

    • kyle a.

      I never take off because I forget to ask or I think I am superman. Then find out I am definitely not superman. LOL

      September 4

  • Tom & D.

    Jeff City area riders. We can meet at the North Jefferson City pavilion at 7:15 kickstands up at 7:30. Ride to Kingdom City.

    1 · September 1

  • Bill M.

    Can any one tell me who's meeting at mid America hd and if so what time

    1 · September 3

    • Boz

      Tom, Boz, Bill, ???

      September 3

    • Tom B.

      I'll be there at 7:30.

      September 3

  • Tom B.

    Anyone meeting at Mid America to head out tonight?

    1 · September 3

    • Boz

      I'll be there closer to 7:45 depending on the restaurant.

      September 3

    • Tom B.

      I'll be there

      September 3

  • Boz

    Thanks for the invite Chuck but I planned on leaving the HD shop at maybe 8. See ya there! It's going to be a perfect weather night.

    September 3

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    Boz not sure if you have the timeline but I do. Call or message me for an update.

    August 27

    • Boz

      I didn't see this until now. Yes, the Honor Flight people send me the itinerary.

      September 3

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    Columbia area riders I'm meeting at the petro station at lake of the woods exit at 6:45 with kickstands up at 7:00 to ride to kingdom city. All are welcome to ride.

    2 · September 1

  • David L.

    Terry that Sounds good I can head up whenever you want just let me know when and where and I will be there.

    August 31

  • David L.

    Is anyone originating in SunRise Beach or the Laurie area.

    August 30

    • Terry S.

      David....I responded to you on Facebook. We'll be heading up from the lake area and if anyone else is interested, let us know.

      1 · August 31

  • Michael O.

    What time on the 3rd are you meeting at bp,

    August 27

    • Mike and Karen S.

      Staging at the BP in Kingdom City is at 7:30pm. Riders will be arriving before that time and after.

      August 27

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    Doc Kritzer, guardian and city official from Fulton and Maxine Garriott will have t-shirts and patches and we are hoping to introduce a brand new Red shirt Friday shirt that night. Some of you all who have helped us sell before will need to cue them when the ride meeting is to pack up and get out of there before the bikes. They are going to experience Kingdom City for the very first time! Maxine is 72 and her Korean war veteran husband is 83. Please help these folks out as much as you can. Thank You in advance from me!

    2 · August 27

    • Dave and B.

      I will be there to help out if needed!

      1 · August 27

  • Richard S.

    There will be T-Shirts 3x and patches available right???

    August 19

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    Alrighty folks there is about a 90% chance I will be on this flight and about a 10% chance Becka will be available and if she is she wants to ride. Who in the world of CMR wants to take over t-shirt responsibilities for Honor Flight. I can deliver a week ahead of time and provide change. You must be set up at Kingdom City about 7-8 and leave before the bikes.

    August 11

    • David B.

      I can help, but don't get home from work until around 5 pm. I could possibly make it by 7.

      August 12

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