Celebration: Local Veterans Prepare for Sept. 21st Flight to Washington D.C.
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
~ Jeff Miller
St. Michael’s Assisted Living in Fountain City will host a Freedom Honor Flight celebration in recognition of Veterans Rudy Zeller (US Army, Occupied Germany) and Daniel Jacquart (US Army, Korean War), who fly to Washington D.C. on September 21st. Jeanette Duellman, Mr. Jacquart’s daughter, will accompany the men as their guardian on the Freedom Honor Flight. This pre-flight event, in honor of our Veterans’ service to their country and dedication to American Freedom, will be held Tuesday, September 17th from 2:30-3:30 pm in St. Michael’s community room.
All veterans, their families and the general public are encouraged to attend this event to honor Rudy and Dan and to learn more about the Freedom Honor Flight program, a non-profit organization founded on behalf of all American Veterans. Treats and refreshments will be served.
Kevin Kuchar, volunteer medical director for the Freedom Honor Flight program in LaCrosse, local Veteran officers and a representative from the Veteran’s Administration will be present to answer questions.
Freedom Honor Flight is a La Crosse-based organization founded in April of 2008 and is affiliated with the national Honor Flight Network, which began in 2005 in Dayton, Ohio. There are now 40 “hubs,” or cities from which flights originate around the country. The National Honor Flight Network provides technical and travel support and helps arrange activities in Washington D.C.
Freedom Honor Flight receives no government funding, in supported solely by volunteers, and has no paid staff. The organization depends entirely on donations. The goal of the Freedom Honor Flight organization is simple: to fly our veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.
Veterans are chosen for the trip on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to WWII veterans and veterans with a terminal illness. The trip takes place all in one day, spending several hours at the World War II Memorial and visiting other Washington D.C. landmarks, such as the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial and others as time permits.
All veterans on a flight are accompanied by trained volunteer guardians, who assist veterans for the day. Veterans and volunteers interested in applying can visit the website for more information: freedomhonorflight.org.