LA CROSSE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A fourth group of World War II veterans will leave La Crosse on May 8th for a one day trip to Washington. The Freedom Honor Flight program lets aging veterans see the National World War II Memorial and other monuments in the nation’s capital before they die. About 100 vets, 50 volunteer guardians, and a medical crew will make the latest trip. Over 400 veterans from 20 La Crosse area counties took the first three Honor Flights. Over 300 more are on a waiting list – and organizers hope to arrange another flight this year. The veterans fly free, but the volunteers pay their own way.
Kwik Trip convenience stores, based in La Crosse, have donated $50,000 toward the May flight. The stores are also taking donations in a special campaign from Friday through February 25th for the La Crosse flight hub and others including Milwaukee, Appleton, Madison, and Wausau. The honor flights are part of a national program. The veterans are saluted and cheered on each leg of their trip. And Bob and Elizabeth Dole greet every flight as it arrives in Washington.