Freedom Honor Flight announces 2019 flights
Freedom Honor Flight, the La Crosse-based hub of the national Honor Flight program for veterans, announced its 2019 flight schedule. The spring flight is scheduled for May 18, 2019. The fall flight is set for September 14, 2019.
Veterans on the May 18 flight will be notified in March. Veterans are selected in order of application, thoughWorld War II and Korean War veterans have priority status.
With two flights planned for 2019, Freedom Honor Flight expects to be able to serve all the World War II and Korean War veterans currently on the waiting list. The current list numbers 1 World War II veteran, 25 Korean War veterans, 572 Vietnam War veterans and 78 other veterans.
Interested World War II or Korean veteran are encouraged to apply. Physicians and paramedics accompanying each flight help with oxygen, medication and personal needs, enabling those with chronic health problems or disabilities to attend. Guardians assigned to each veteran provide additional assistance.
Applications are available online at www.freedomhonorflight.org.
Since its founding as the first Wisconsin honor flight hub, Freedom Honor Flight has flown 1,127 World War II veterans, 791 Korean War veterans and 87 Vietnam War veterans to Washington, DC, to see their memorials. In 2018, the group reached the 2,000 mark with a total of 2,005 veterans served.
Annual Care & Share Expo set for Saturday, December 1
The eighth annual Care & Share Expo is set for Saturday, December 1 at the La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street. Freedom Honor Flight is one of many participating organizations. Come from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn about our mission and volunteer opportunities. Donations are accepted and will be matched up to $50 total per group thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
For more information, please contact Joe Hammes at the La Crosse Public Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 782-5134
Veterans Day breakfast set for Sunday, November 11
Veterans and spouses are invited to the Eighth Annual Freedom Honor Flight Veterans Day Breakfast! Join us Sunday, November 11 at the UW-La Crosse Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse from 8-11 a.m. Park FREE in Lot C, across from Mitchell Hall, next to the stadium. Program to include posting of the colors, music and speakers from the military and UW-L Athletics. No RSVP required. This is one more way we can say, “Thank you for your service!” We look forward to seeing you!
UWL and Freedom Honor Flight to Host “Homecoming For Heroes”
La Crosse, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics Department and its fundraising arm, the L-Club, along with Freedom Honor Flight is set to host “Homecoming For Heroes” Celebration on Saturday, October 27.
The event is a part of this year’s Varsity Homecoming on campus. UWL has teamed with the Freedom Honor Flight for a celebration following UWL’s football game versus UW-Platteville scheduled for 1 p.m. on October 27. The post game event takes place in the Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring live music by Three Bucks and Change, which includes UWL head men’s track & field coach Josh Buchholtz.
Admission is free to the event with donations being accepted. Food and beverages (provided by Pepsi Cola of La Crosse and Pearl Street Brewery) will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Freedom Honor Flight to fund its efforts of flying veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.
Along with the “Homecoming For Heroes” Celebration, UWL Intercollegiate Athletics will induct five new members to its Wall of Fame at a ceremony starting at 7 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend the Wall of Fame induction. This year’s inductees include Josh Chelf (wrestling), Amanda Medendorp (swimming & diving), Angela Muenkel (volleyball), Kristen Nokleby (soccer) and Sally Wenzel (softball).
Tickets for the UWL/UW-Platteville football game, sponsored by Kwik Trip, will be available at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex starting at 11:30 a.m. with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
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Varsity Homecoming at UW-La Crosse – Saturday, October 27
Football – UW-La Crosse vs. UW-Platteville – 1 p.m. – Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex
“Homecoming For Heroes” – 5 to 9 p.m. – Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse
Wall of Fame – 7 p.m. – Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
UWL athletics and Freedom Honor Flight will also host the 8th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast Sunday, November 11 in the Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse. The event is free for all veterans and their families. More information will be announced. UWL will host its Veterans Day Game on Saturday, November 3 as the Eagles host UW-River Falls at 1 p.m.
Winona Elks Fall Show set for Oct 14
Winona Elks Lodge #327 is hosting their annual Freedom Honor Flight Car, Truck, Motorcycle, or Anything Show! Join us again this year for a great car show, pumpkin drop, bake sale and spaghetti dinner.
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, 2018
- Elks Lodge 4540 Service Drive, Goodview, Minnesota
Serving Spaghetti Dinner for $8 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Donations to Freedom Honor Flight are welcome. Questions? Please call 507-452-4716.
For car show information, contact Arnie Jackson at 507-454-3769.