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Vets Head to D.C. on Freedom Honor Flight

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- A charter plane left La Crosse Saturday with almost 100 U.S. Military Veterans on board in the eighth "Freedom Honor Flight" to leave the city since the program began in 2008.

Each trip transports veterans to Washington D.C. for a day, where they get to visit various war memorials and monuments.

All flights are funded solely by donations and Bill Hoel, who spearheads much of the planning process, said each one is just as exciting as the last.

"We had a lady today on this trip who helped build John Kennedy's P.T. boat," he said. "You just meet these people with so many stories and you think, wow, I get to be around somebody who has been a part of history."

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