American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary
Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40
Elmwood, PO Box 285
Freedom Honor Flight is a
La Crosse-based organization founded in April of 2008 and has expanded its
service to serve Rochester, Minnesota area veterans. Freedom Honor Flight
previously shared part of its service area with a Rochester-based hub, which is
no longer operating. Our goal 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 and
Korea veterans and veterans with a terminal illness. The trip is 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.
Freedom Honor Flight is
supported solely through donations and run by volunteers. They have no paid
staff. The volunteers coordinate fundraising, communication with veterans and
volunteers, training, medical supervision, travel to and from Washington D.C.,
and all transportation, activities and meals in Washington D.C. Freedom Honor
Flight will continue to organize flights as long as they have the financial
support to do so.
Freedom Honor Flight is an affiliate of the national Honor Flight Network, which began in 2005 in Dayton, Ohio. There are now about 40 "hubs,” or cities from which flights originate around the country. National Honor Flight Network provides us with technical and travel support and helps arrange activities in Washington D.C.
Because they are an all-volunteer organization, they are not available to answer questions at all business hours. Please call 608-784-1015 and leave a voicemail message with your name and phone number. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will respond as quickly as possible—usually within a few days.
You may also contact James Haugen at 507-273-0366 email@example.com of the Lanesboro American Legion Post # 40 or the Legion at 507-467-3440 for upcoming flight dates and details.
“HONOR FLIGHT - ONE LAST MISSION”
AN EMOTIONAL MUST SEE!! This documentary tells us that most of soldiers “came home from the war, put their duffle bags in the basement and went out and got jobs” and never talked about their experiences. We are losing those Veterans at the rate of over 900 per day. Their stories and experiences are going with them. This documentary got the Veterans to open up and talk about it, many for the first time. We have the freedom we have today because of them, and we need to hear their stories.
The movie (84 min) is now available for viewing at no charge. Movie may be taken home or viewed upstairs. Movie must be reserved and signed out. Contact the bartender 507-467-3440 for details.
HAVING A PARTY OR MEETING? HAVE IT AT THE LEGION!
Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.
*You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.
Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30
Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50
Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.