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Younger crowd on Freedom Honor Flight in May

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Another group of WWII Veterans from the Coulee Region will take the trip of a lifetime.

The latest Freedom Honor Flight to Washington D.C. will leave La Crosse on May 4.

For the first time ever, the Freedom Honor Flight will be carrying more Korean War Veterans than WWII Veterans.

About 70 veterans will be on the flight leaving on May 4 and 20 of them served in WWII.

They take veterans to Washington D.C. based on the order they served in the military and anyone terminally ill is pushed to the top of the list.

"We will do everything we can to get every single one of these people out to Washington to see their memorials," Bill Hoel, President Freedom Honor Flight Board said.  "And if they are in a perilous state health wise but still able to make the trip we will put them ahead of everyone else and get them out there."

Veterans for the spring flight have already been selected and volunteers began notifying people who made the spring flight earlier this week.

Volunteers said it's a fun call to make when you get a big reaction.

"With some calls you do get a wife of a WWII Veteran and tell her who is calling it's like Ed McMahon is on the end of the other line," Hoel said.

Freedom Honor flight is always seeking donations so they can continue sending veterans to see war memorials. Click here for more information on how to donate.

Click here for an application to go on the Freedom Honor Flight or call 608-784-1015 to have an application mailed to you.

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