La Crosse veteran helps bring 5th memorial to Veterans Freedom Park

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- La Crosse is welcoming a new World War II Memorial.

It’s the 5th Memorial at Veterans Freedom Park on the north side.

Louie Ferris is a Korean War Veteran that has impacted the La Crosse community in many ways.

Today marked the 5th Veterans Memorial that he has helped bring to the park, but this one was a little more special.

Louis Ferris didn’t have much time.

“Some people came to me with some money and they wanted a memorial.  I said well I have stage 4 cancer, and I’m on hospice right now, not a very good time to approach me. And he said if you don’t nobody can do it,” said Veterans Memorial Planner, Louie Ferris.

The 91-year old veteran helped bring a World War II Memorial in just two and a half months.

Ferris says he would do anything for the people who fought for our freedom.

“I’ve always had that devotion to helping veterans whether it’s hospice or anything that they need me for. They call my home, and I’m right there,” Said Ferris

Ferris has done so much for veterans in the community, Congressman Ron Kind wanted to honor him with a special surprise.

“Earlier this week I had an American Flag flown over our United States Capitol in Washington DC in honor of Louie Ferris, and his service to our country our service to our community. And Louie I want to present that flag to you today,” said United States Representative Ron Kind.

Those closest to him say he may be a Veteran, but he’s never stopped serving.

“His commitment to the people of La Crosse and his commitment to veterans are really the hallmarks of who he is. He’s a servant and he believes in not forgetting what the Veterans and the United States have done for this country,“ said the Niece of Louie Ferris, Victoria Bischel.

And Ferris would say the same thing.

“I love my country a lot, I love it. I feel good when I can do something, especially in the community, because I love La Crosse,” said Ferris.

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