Freedom Honor Flight 30 takes off Saturday, May 4

Freedom Honor Flight takes off Saturday, May 4 carrying WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans

Organizers are preparing for Freedom Honor Flight’s 30th trip to honor veterans by flying them to Washington D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. Since the organization was founded in 2008, Freedom Honor Flight has flown more than 2,600 veterans to our nation’s capital. The single-day itinerary includes a welcome in Washington, D.C., and visits typically include the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites via luxury motorcoaches.

Eager to fly on Saturday, May 4 are one World War Two veteran, 7 Korean Era veterans and 92 veterans from the Vietnam Era. They fly for free, accompanied by volunteer guardians who pay their own way to assist the veterans on this “trip of a lifetime.”

Accompanying the veterans are two physicians and four paramedics from Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System, all out of the La Crosse area. Both health systems have been longtime supporters of Freedom Honor Flight, providing the paid services of the medical professionals at no charge to the organization, plus paying for their flights. Many honor flight veterans are elderly and depend on this medical care to have a safe and comfortable experience.

The public is welcome at the morning sendoff and the evening welcome-home ceremonies. Ample parking is available. Knights of Columbus volunteers from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Holmen and St. Patrick’s in Onalaska will provide a golf cart shuttle service for this flight. All ground activities are held at Colgan Air, Hangar 4, La Crosse Airport.

In the morning, hangar doors open at 5:30 a.m. A brief ceremony at approximately 6:15 a.m. precedes the American Airlines charter flight, set to depart at 6:50 a.m. The popular welcome home ceremony features the Onalaska Luther High School marching band. Hangar doors open at 7:30 p.m. The flight is expected to return between 9 and 10 p.m.

Freedom Honor Flight 30 takes off Saturday, May 4

What: TACU Raffle & Brat Sale Fundraiser

When: Friday, May 24, 9am-3pm

Where: TACU Credit Union, 940 N. Superior Ave. in Tomah

Proceeds from the brat sale benefit Freedom Honor Flight. All ticket sales from the raffle go to Tomah Area Cancer Support. Raffle tickets can be purchased from TACU’s lobby throughout May.