Central Missouri Honor Flight Escort

This is the 22th escort run. There is generally a meet-up at 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 10:30pm - Kingdom City

Schedule indicates that the bus should go through Kingdom City at 12:50 with a 1:15 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, blinkers a flashing, and pipes a barking, 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, again with lights a flashing 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 organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. The group transports our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans - WWII survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.

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 1,000 WWII veterans dying each day (20 each day in Missouri), our 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. Subsequent to the WWII veterans, our efforts will turn to our Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans.

 

Please, if you know a WWII Veteran 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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  • Mike and Karen S.

    As usual, this was a fantastic ride with old and new friends honoring our veterans.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Brad & Michelle W.

    AWESOME

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Good ride, feels like the season has finally started, good group to ride with

    3 · May 9, 2013

  • TEX

    Best part of the night, watching the Vets come of the bus with the huge smiles on their faces, what a moving experience! :)

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • TEX

      uggh, OFF the bus, :(

      May 9, 2013

  • Mark M.

    The event was great. I'm enjoying seeing the riders blend well and work together regardless of their background. BP was very supportive and patient. We appreciate it!

    3 · May 9, 2013

  • Boz

    I will have a dozen patches with me if you need one.

    2 · May 6, 2013

    • Tom & D.

      Boz, I am also interested in a patch. I will try to look for you. Dawn

      May 6, 2013

    • TEX

      Boz, thanks for bringing the patches!

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • David R.

    What a Great Night! I'm still trying to recover from the lack of sleep! Everyone made it safe and sound and it was so nice to get to see everyone! Can't wait until the next one!

    3 · May 9, 2013

  • Dave and B.

    What a fantastic night! Being with old friends again and meeting new ones is always fun, and spending time with our Heros is priceless!!

    3 · May 9, 2013

  • Chuck & Brenda S.

    Awesome night with great friends welcoming home our veterans!

    4 · May 8, 2013

  • Tom & D.

    We had a great turn out last night. We enjoyed seeing everyone.

    4 · May 8, 2013

  • Richard & Nancy W.

    Wow! That was great! My daughter & I got to meet a lot of the CMR riders and 300+ other close m/c friends! Wx was great and the show was impressive at Kingdom City and Columbia!

    4 · May 8, 2013

  • Boz

    I had a great time visiting with friends at the staging area for the Honor Flight escort, several I haven't seen since the last riding season. While saddling up to leave the hotel I was privileged to meet and talk with one that went on the flight. I was parked right next to him. I was astounded by how good he looked at 86. His was an interesting story as he caught the tail end of WWII and for awhile was in perpetual officer training until the next conflict. I look forward to talking to him again. It is always a high point when I get to talk with one of our heroes!!

    4 · May 8, 2013

  • David

    Great turn out! Even that deer that turned out on my ride home that I missed by mere inches! I must say the brakes on my 900 pound GL1800 worked woderfully!

    3 · May 8, 2013

    • Boz

      Wow! At least the deer I saw on the way there was playing on the road and easy to miss.

      May 8, 2013

  • Michael O.

    I'm sorry I'm out bike goes to Harley on a trailer tomorrow.

    May 7, 2013

    • Dave and B.

      That sucks, need a dislike button!

      May 7, 2013

    • Boz

      I agree with Dave, sucks big time. We'll see you on the next flight.

      May 8, 2013

  • woody

    great
    job

    May 8, 2013

  • Kyle L.

    Great ride! Just amazing! The reception at the hotel blew me away! I also enjoyed meeting so many new faces.

    3 · May 8, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    Wonderful night for the ride. Enjoyed visiting with the veterans at the hotel!

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • Charles J.

    Whole thing went off without a hitch

    3 · May 8, 2013

  • Randy L.

    Awesome, great weather and turn out!!

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Fantastic night!!

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • Tom & D.

    Anyone from the Jefferson City area that wants to meetup up before heading to Columbia, we are meeting at the North Jeff City Pavilion at 6:45. Kickstands up at 7:00. We will then join some other members at the Petro Mart gas station in Columbia at the Lake of the Woods exit.

    2 · May 6, 2013

    • Mike and Karen S.

      We'll be there! Dave Byrd will meet us at or before 7pm at the Pavilion.

      2 · May 6, 2013

    • Kyle L.

      I would but all ready in CoMo.

      May 7, 2013

  • Gary V.

    Anyone coming from boonville?

    May 7, 2013

  • Boz

    I'll see you guys there, still leaving at 10. I will be just getting up from my nap when you all leave. :-) Everybody be careful out there!!

    2 · May 7, 2013

  • David R.

    We will be meeting everyone at 8:00 at the Petromart on the south side of Lake of the Woods at 8:00 p.m. with kick stands up at 8:30 sharp. Its going to be a late night from what I have been told. The busses should be coming in around 1:30 a.m. but we will know more later tonight.

    2 · May 7, 2013

  • Mike J.

    Anyone from the Mexico area going. If so is there a planned meetup?

    May 7, 2013

  • Rick H.

    wish I could be there but I'm in Surrey British Columbia this week meeting with a biker church. God Bless all you riders and I pray He keeps you safe as you honor our Vets.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Mark M.

    I will see you up there. The ALR of Post 5 are coming up around 10:30 and arrive at 11. Be safe on your evening rides!

    May 7, 2013

  • Mike and Karen S.

    Boz, are you gonna have any HF Patches with you? I need 2 of them if you got them - Karen

    May 6, 2013

  • joe m.

    i going to have to cansel

    May 6, 2013

  • Richard & Nancy W.

    Hay Boz... I would like one of the patches also tomorrow nite. How much are they? Is a check okay? Thanks RW

    May 6, 2013

  • Boz

    If anyone wants to join me, we will be leaving the HD shop in Columbia at around 10

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • woody

    looking forward to this

    May 6, 2013

  • Randy & Janet J.

    We won't be able to do this one. Will do the next one.

    April 26, 2013

  • Kyle L.

    HF rookie, looking forward to it!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Mike L.

    I will be riding from Moberly for this event. If you have never been to one now is your chance. It is truly amazing thing. The vets are in tears when they see all the bikes that have come out at such a late hour to honor them by escorting them home. If you would like to ride along I sometimes take a small group down. I will post updates on times and locations to leave from Moberly as it gets closer. Hope you can join.

    2 · April 23, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Looking really forward to this one!! My dad will be one of the Veterans on this trip!!!

    5 · April 23, 2013

  • Boz

    I just got confirmation of the schedule. They are expected to arrive back at the Marriott at 1:15 in the morning.

    2 · April 22, 2013

  • Steven C.

    I'm going but I normally get there early and eat at the iron skillet so I can be in the front of the pack.

    February 26, 2013

  • TEX

    New to this, sounds amazing! looking fwd to it!

    January 7, 2013

  • Brad & Michelle W.

    possibly 3 or 4 bikes trom the Linn area will come with me

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • Michael O.

    Yes sir proud its posted on my Facebook.

    January 5, 2013

  • Boz

    It has been half a day since I posted this and the response has been outstanding!! Makes me proud to be an American!

    4 · January 5, 2013

  • Dennis T.

    I'll look forward to seeing some of you there.

    January 4, 2013

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