LA CROSSE, Wis. - Women in the community are putting their sewing skills to work to honor veterans on the upcoming freedom honor flights.
Greenfield town hall was a flurry of activity as women made patriotic U.S.A. pillowcases on Saturday.
They will be handed to veterans returning from the freedom honor flights this May and September.
It's a chance for local veterans to be treated to a one-day trip to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials put up in their honor.
When the veterans return, they're met by a welcome home celebration and given one of the hand-made pillowcases with a note attached.19741808
"A lot of them are stunned from the whole day but a lot of them look at it and go, 'Oh my God.' We get letters from these veterans afterwards saying how much it meant to them that this is such a tangible memory of a day they will never forget," said project organizer Jeannie M. Bush.
The women make 100 pillowcases for each flight, so the costs can add up quickly.
One of the sewers is also a teacher at La Crescent Middle School.
Students and staffed there, rallied behind her and donated about $850 for supplies.
"The teachers were all about it, they just loved the idea of helping out. So we did a big assembly and we brought some of the people in from the freedom honor flights and we showed the kids a video from their trip to Washington D.C. and the kids got all excited about it," said La Crescent Middle School teacher Cyndy Reichgelt.
Logan Middle School in La Crosse also held a fundraiser to make sure the pillowcase tradition will continue.
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