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UW-L Athletes Honor Veterans


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- Athletes at the UW-La Crosse spent part of their morning on Sunday, honoring veterans.

Eagle student athletes hosted a breakfast in conjunction with Freedom Honor Flights, and more than 400 former service members attended.

This was the second year the university has hosted the breakfast, which is free to veterans. It featured speeches from Chancellor Joe Gow, and former UW-L football player Jason Church, who received a purple heart Saturday, after partially losing both of his legs while on active duty.

"To give back to the ones that have served our country, it's respect and we like doing it," said Bailey Alston, a UW-L student athlete.

"It's great to see other veterans," said Steve Simko, a veteran of the Air Force. "The ones that I knew, there aren't many of them left."

The students not only set-up for the event, but they also served the veterans their breakfast and walked them to and from their cars with umbrellas to avoid Sunday morning's rain.

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