Freedom Honor Flight approaches 3,000 veteran passengers with latest trip

The 24 th Freedom Honor Flight took off from Colgan Air Hangar Saturday morning at the La Crosse Regional Airport, bringing the total number of veterans flown by the program to almost 3,000.

The flight carried one World War II veteran, 18 Korean War veterans and 76 Vietnam War veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials remembering the wars they served in.

One veteran who worked in a helicopter unit during the Vietnam War, Allen Schmitt, said seeing that memorial is first on his list. He’s grateful for the opportunity that Freedom Honor Flights offer him and other veterans.

” A lot of veterans probably never get a chance to see something like this, leave their home state. It’s very important to a lot of these veterans, not only myself but everybody else, ” said Schmitt.

Schmitt said the trip is extra meaningful because he was able to take it with his son, who served as his guardian for the Honor Flight and has never been to D.C. before.

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