Volunteers prepare to welcome veterans for the 19th Freedom Honor Flight

First of two flights this year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Preparations are underway to get local veterans to their memorials in Washington D.C.

Volunteers for Freedom Honor Flight are busy preparing one of the La Crosse Municipal Airport hangars to welcome veterans on the flight. The first of two annual Honor Flights takes off Saturday morning from the airport.

This weekend’s flight marks the 19th to take local veterans to see memorials built in their honor. Freedom Honor Flight's president says the continued flights are only possible because of the support from our community.

"It says a lot about the community and we hear from a lot of people how well Western Wisconsin in particular loves and treats their veterans. It's a little different in other parts of the country,” said Freedom Honor Flight President Pat Stephens.

About 90 veterans will be going on the Freedom Honor Flight this Saturday.

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