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Freedom Honor Flight: One Family's Story

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WASHINGTONG D.C. (WXOW) --  This week 89 veterans from across central Wisconsin journeyed to Washington, D.C.

They traveled with the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, an organization flying World War II and Korean War veterans to see the memorials built in their honor. Reporter Rob Duns has one family's story.

Airman Third Class Daniel Haag served as a Mechanics Specialist in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Wendi Neupert, Haag's daughter says, "We often talked and said dad, if you weren't working on those aircraft more men would have died, the war could have been longer." 

Wendi Neupert is Airman Haag's daughter. She says bringing her father to see the Korean War Memorial was a dream they always shared. 

"When the Never Forgotten Honor Flight started, I said dad, we've got to sign up, it may be the only chance we get."

And when Neupert learned she would be able to accompany her father on the flight, she says it was a dream come true.

But less than three weeks before the honor flight was set to take off, Airman Haag passed away from pneumonia. 

"Dad would always say ah, it'd be years and years before he'd get his turn, and here it is three years later and his turn had come ... his turn had come." 

When the veterans visited the Korean War Memorial, Neupert was given a special honor. She walked the length of the memorial holding a photo of her father. As the 89 veterans on the flight paid respects to their fallen brother.

"It was such a great honor to be able to do that for dad and to be able to be here for him, in his shoes, he'd love this. He would just love this." 

After the ceremony, her father's ashes were spread in the reflecting pool.

"Dad would say 'you never not try and you never not complete the task'. It was wonderful to share this with other people and let them know that dad was there with them."

Just the way she says her dad would always want it.

"And he'll be there waiting for them when it's their turn to see their maker. They'll be up there having a good old time."

If you or some you know wants to participate on Freedom Honor Flight, priority is still being given to World War II veterans.

You can apply at  www.freedomhonorflight.org .

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