LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

 Freedom Honor Flight treated local veterans to a breakfast Monday. It was the third annual Veterans Day Breakfast.

The organization flies veterans to Washington D.C. to see war monuments, but they wanted a local event for all vets to attend.

The event started with a ceremony in the Hall of Honor at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Field. About 800 vets then gathered for breakfast.

Organizers say it's about more than just a free breakfast, it's about being with other veterans. "There is such a special comeradere, veteran to veteran, it doesn't matter if they served in the same conflict or at the same time, they all understand the bond, and that's what brings them out," said Bill Hoel of Freedom Honor Flight.

"I think it's wonderful that they're getting acknowledged and that people are realizing what these kids are doing," said World War Two Veteran John Grew.

UW-La Crosse student athletes helped welcome the vets and serve as wait staff for the breakfast.