Freedom Honor Flight provides veterans with an opportunity to see the memorials created in their honor, and with the next flight scheduled for May 12 preparations for the trip began Sunday.
Veterans and their guardians met at the La Crosse American Legion for flight orientation.
With the trip taking them to Washington DC and back in just one day, the orientation helps veterans better understand the process.
"Everybody meets everybody going on the flight here today, and what it does is it just reduces some of their anxiety about flight day," Patti Lokken of the Freedom Honor Flight Board of Directors explains.
"They get all their questions answered and it's just a really great time, builds that excitement for what they are going to be doing," Lokken concludes.
After Sunday's orientation, the excitement builds for some veterans looking forward to the experiences they otherwise might not have.
"I did visit on my own many years ago and we did see the wall," World War II veteran and Freedom Honor Flight honoree Robert Ebner describes. "I haven't been there since they built the World War II memorial, so I am very much looking forward to that."
The next Honor Flight will depart on the morning of May 12 and will return to La Crosse later that night. The following Honor Flight is scheduled for September 15.
To organize an Honor Flight for a veteran in your life applications can be found here.
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