So often we try to find ways to honor those that have served our country. At times it feels that we can’t find the optimum way to show such immense gratitude. Saturday at the La Crosse Regional Airport there was the ultimate opportunity for veterans from Wisconsin and Minnesota to be recognized and saluted. The Freedom Honor Flight, founded in 2008 is a trip specifically for veterans to fly to Washington DC and see the monuments that stand in their honor. The veterans are escorted by guardians, usually a family member or volunteer on their trip. Today’s trip saw a collection of brave men and women who served in World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War and other conflicts board a Sun Country jet with their guardians. The overwhelming feeling of pride and excitement was beyond measure as a short ceremony was held before the flight took off at 7AM. Several currently serving armed forces members, local Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and TSA agents along with other volunteers helped make the day run smoothly. Family members waved and smiled while also shedding tears of joy as their loved ones were celebrated and boarded the jet. Two families whose veteran family members had passed before being able to take the flight were also celebrated as folded flags were transported in their honor. A day of salutes, hugs, smiles, and tears was accented by patriotic music played over the sound system. Young and old could be seen enjoying a day connected by their or their family members’ military service. It was truly a moving moment to see! The Freedom Honor Flight returned last night at 9:30PM which the public could attend to welcome these heroes home. KQ98 Cares and Morrie’s Auto Group of La Crosse support the Freedom Honor Flight.