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.
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.
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.