The May 18 Never Forgotten Honor Flight out of Central Wisconsin Airport has been postponed, the Wausau-based Honor Flight announced this week. The flight has been rescheduled for Oct. 12.

“This is an unprecedented and challenging time because of the uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19,” said Mike Thompson, Never Forgotten Honor Flight president and co-founder. “We are particularly concerned about the susceptibility of our elderly veterans to infectious diseases. Many veterans who make Honor Flight trips have serious, chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, COPD or lung disease that leave them even more vulnerable to COVID-19.

“In addition, many of these veterans live in community settings, such as a retirement home or assisted living facility, where the risk of spread is extremely high. While we realize that many veterans feel a sense of urgency to make a trip to their memorials before it is too late to do so, we simply cannot allow travel under the present circumstances.”

The Never Forgotten Honor Flight Hub based in Wausau serves veterans in 13 Wisconsin counties: Marathon, Portage, Wood, Clark, Taylor, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Iron, Barron, Price and Rusk.