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Honor Flight for veterans canceled in Lakeland

LAKELAND – An Honor Flight scheduled to take off from Lakeland and bring World War II veterans to view the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., has been cancelled.

The Lakeland Ledger reports the April 1 flight has been axed due to new FAA regulations, increased costs and other factors.

Gary Clark, president of the Polk County Veterans Association, says a change in FAA rules about the length of the workday for airline personnel is the main culprit for the cancellation.

About 80 veterans and their escorts were flown from Lakeland Linder airport to Washington in November and returned that evening to a welcome-home celebration with hundreds of flag-waving people.

There likely won’t be a repeat of the November flight out of Lakeland until September, if then.

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