Icon sale starts July 3
The annual icon sale for Freedom Honor Flight kicks off July 3 at four Festival Foods locations. The icons, which can be purchased for either $1 or $5, help raise funds to take area veterans to see the memorials in their honor in Washington DC. The start of the sale coincides with Independence Day to emphasize the importance of veterans in safeguarding our freedoms. Icons will be available through July 17.
Eligible veterans take the flight free of charge, thanks to generous donors and fundraisers such as the icon sale. Get your icon today to support Freedom Honor Flight!
Available at these Festival Foods locations
- Copeland Avenue, La Crosse
- Village Shopping Center, La Crosse
- Crossing Meadows, Onalaska
- Hale Drive, Holmen
2020 Freedom Honor Flight scheduled for September postponed
The Freedom Honor Flight scheduled for September 12, 2020, has been postponed.
The national honor flight organization has extended the suspension of all Honor Flight travel through the remainder of 2020.
Freedom Honor Flight President Dave Larsen said, “The safety of our veterans is our top priority. Our veterans are older adults and many have severe underlying chronic medical conditions. They are at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”
The organization is committed to rescheduling what will be the 25th flight as soon as possible. Fundraising continues. One of the largest fundraisers for the group, the Festival Foods Icon Sale will be held as planned, July 3–17 at the Holmen, La Crosse and Onalaska Festival Food stores.
Spring Freedom Honor Flight Postponed
March 12, 2020, La Crosse, Wis. – Organizers from Freedom Honor Flight, the La Crosse-based hub of the national Honor Flight Network, have announced they are postponing the May 9, 2020 flight to Washington D.C. What was to have been the group’s 25th honor flight is being postponed due to the increased risk of air travel and large group gatherings associated with COVID-19.
At an emergency meeting this week, the board of directors reviewed a report prepared by Kevin Kuchar, paramedic and longtime Freedom Honor Flight board member. Based on the recommendations by Kuchar and concurrence from fellow board member, John Pershing, MD, emergency medicine physician with Gundersen Health System, the board voted to postpone the flight.
Most veterans on the flights are older adults and many have severe underlying medical conditions. According to the CDC, those individuals seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The safety and comfort of veterans is top priority for Freedom Honor Flight. Veterans who would have been selected for the May 9 flight will be rescheduled for the next flight.
9th annual Veterans Day breakfast to take place Monday, November 11
Veterans and spouses are invited to the 9th Annual Freedom Honor Flight Veterans Day Breakfast held at the UW-La Crosse Mitchell Hall Gymnasium from 8–10 a.m. Monday, November 11. Join us for breakfast from 8–10 a.m. As is tradition, UWL student athletes host and serve at the popular event. A program begins at 8:45 a.m. which includes posting of the colors, music and speakers from Freedom Honor Flight and UWL Athletics with remarks from Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Wisconsin Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Mary Kolar. There will be FREE parking in Lot C2, directly across from Mitchell Hall, next to the stadium. No RSVP required. We look forward to seeing you!
Car, Truck, Motorcycle or Anything Show set for Sunday, October 6
Winona Elks Lodge #327 is hosting their annual Freedom Honor Flight Car, Truck, Motorcycle or Anything Show on Sunday, October 6. Join us again this year for the show, spaghetti dinner, bake sale and pumpkin drop all happening at the Elks Parking Lot 4540 Service Drive, Goodview, Minn.
- Car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Spaghetti dinner ($8) & bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pumpkin drop at 1 p.m.
Proceeds go to Freedom Honor Flight. For questions, call 507-452-4716. For car show information, please contact Arnie Jackson at 507-454-3769.