LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Freedom Honor Flight staff hosted a reunion Sunday for the veterans and guardians who took the flight in May.
The flight takes World War II and Korean War veterans to the nation's capitol to see the memorials built in their honor.
"There's you," said Susan Bott, pointing to a picture of her father.
"Pretty nice," Albert Bott laughed.
Bott, an army engineer during WWII, took the flight with his daughter Susan as his guardian.
"It made me feel like all those sacrifices were worthwhile," Bott said.
At the reunion at the La Crosse Center, veterans received books and CDs that will allow them to look back their trip whenever they please.
But pictures didn't say enough.
"I couldn't think of a better way to enjoy a day," said one guardian who stood in front of the crowd and thanked Freedom Honor Flight.
"We share such wonderful times; create such wonderful memories," another guardian said.
Honor Flight guardians took time to once again thank the veterans on their flight for their service.
And the veterans thanked the guardians for the experience.
"I can't think of a better way to be thanked than the Freedom Honor Flight. It's very special. I'll never forget it," said a veteran.
"I got home and I thought about it. Their name was on the memorial. I got down on my knees and I thanked God that my name was in the book of life," said a Korean War veteran.
It's a sacrifice these vets will never forget. But they'll always remember the room full of people thanking them for their sacrifice and service.
The next Freedom Honor Flight is scheduled for Sept. 21.
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