Veterans take off on Freedom Honor Flight

Published On: May 04 2013 08:43:29 PM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2013 06:00:00 PM CDT

It will be a full, but well-spent day for a group of veterans in the La Crosse area.

The La Crosse Freedom Honor Flight loaded up early Saturday morning at the La Crosse Municipal AirPort.

About 25 World War II veterans and 65 Korean War Veterans will take a daytrip to Washington D.C.

Once they arrive, they'll spend the day visiting all the war memorials built in their honor.

Organizers said it's a trip many of the veterans will remember forever.

"For many of them it's an opportunity they've never had when they completed their time in service. So for us to give them an opportunity to go back and look at the monuments built in their honor, they can enjoy and then get back here and enjoy the day with their family. It's a pretty special activity," said event director Pat Stephens.

Once the flight returns tonight, family and friends will be at the airport ready to welcome them home.

For some, it's a welcome home they never received when returning from overseas.