On the morning of September 16, a group of veterans flew to Washington D.C. on an honor flight.
The Freedom Honor Flight program provides veterans with a chance to visit the memorials that stand in their honor, free of charge.
Since 2008 honor flights have departed from La Crosse, with more flights planned for the future.
Made possible by various individuals and organizations, the honor flight would not be possible without the support they receive.
Director for Freedom Honor Flight in La Crosse, Patti Lokken, describes the benefits an honor flight has on veterans,
"They've had a lot of the 'toils of war' within them throughout all these years and this event for some reason brings that out of them, and when they come home some of them are actually released from some of those things that they've had bottled up."
Lokken continues, "We see a lot of smiles and a lot of joy come back to some people that hadn't had that for a while."
With guardians assigned to each veteran to provide additional assistance, an honor flight can benefit even non-veterans.
"It's so important for the young people growing up today to really understand what it has taken for this nation to be what it is, and I think the honor flight has helped do that. It has helped bring a new perspective to it and let people understand what they've all done." elaborates Lokken.
The honored veterans depart La Crosse around 7:30 a.m. on September 16 and will return to La Crosse around 10 p.m. that same day.
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