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Several Local Veterans Take Freedom Honor Flight

Several Local Veterans Take Freedom Honor Flight Photo: Credit: Dave Larsen .

October 17, 2017 10:06 AM

90 of our nation’s heroes took the Freedom Honor Flight from La Crosse Airport to Washington D.C to visit the memorials built in their honor, and 9 of them were from Southeastern Minnesota.

 

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The day trip in September included trips to the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Marine Corps War Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Local veterans on the flight included:

 

Allen Simonson: Hayfield, MN

Arnold Heller: Byron, MN

Dale Buxengaard: Spring Grove, MN

Donald Wendt: Rochester, MN

Duane Grafe: Rochester, MN

Ellsworth Heusinkveld: Mantorville, MN

Howard Burtness: Spring Grove, MN

John McManimon: Houston, MN

James Wilhelmson: Spring Grove, MN

 

Freedom Honor Flight serves veterans in Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa twice per year. The organization coordinates the entire itinerary along with physicians and paramedics to help with oxygen, medication and personal needs, enabling those with chronic health problems or disabilities to attend. Each veteran is assigned a guardian to provide additional assistance.

 

The Freedom Honor Flight charity has served 1,900 veterans and counting. Any veteran is eligible for an honor flight. For more information, visit their website here.


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