Join us on May 17!

The veterans are ready and the volunteersĀ are trained. Now it’s your turn to make plans.

The public is invited to a brief send-off program for the veterans about 6 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Colgan Air Services Hangar No. 4 at the La Crosse Regional Airport.

The public also is invited to help welcome the veterans home when the jet returns about 10:30 p.m. that night; the hangar doors will open about 9 p.m.

The popular welcome home event features color guard, music, fireworks, refreshments and a chance to see the faces of the veterans as they deplane to the cheering crowd.