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10th Freedom Honor Flight takes off Saturday


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The tenth Freedom Honor Flight out of La Crosse took off Saturday morning with about 100 veterans on board.

The Honor Flight is usually exclusive to World War II veterans.

This flight also welcomed those who fought in the Korean War.

All veterans are flown to Washington DC to visits the war memorials that stand in their honor.

"We're about 87 years old, that's my age. I met the Korean guys, they're about 80 (years old). We were marching with the Vietnam guys, and guess what? The Vietnam guy pokes me and says, 'Hey, we're over 75 already.' I say, 'Oh, thank you.' I say, 'Now you know what it's like to grow old.' But it's just an honor and a tribute to be able to honor these guys for going," said Rudolph Dienes, a U.S. Navy Veteran who served from 1942 to 1945.

This is a one day trip serving veterans in 22 counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Veterans landed back in La Crosse around 9 p.m. and were greeted by a La Crosse Skyrockers fireworks display and the UW-La Crosse Screaming Eagles marching band.

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