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Local veterans partake in Honor Flight
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MONROE - Seven Green County veterans took part in two Badger Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. in May, to see the memorials that have been erected in honor of veterans.

Making the flight on May 18 were Leslie Graham, Joseph Klessinger and Eben Robertson, all of Monroe; Robert Reichling, Brodhead; and Alfred Ufken, New Glarus. George Wells and Jim Bosanny, also of Monroe, also took part in an Badger Honor Flight earlier in May.

The Honor Flight Network provides all amenities to veterans, including transportation, meals and lodging. Each was accompanied by their volunteer guardians, who pay their own $500 trip fee.

Photos can be seen on the Badger Honor Flight Facebook page.

The Honor Flight Network was originally created to ensure that WWII and terminally ill veterans from any war have the opportunity to see the memorials.

Badger Honor Flight, established in mid-2009, flies out of the Madison hub and serves veterans in Columbia, Dane, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk and parts of Dodge counties. In its first two years, Badger Honor Flight carried more than 500 veterans to Washington, D.C.

All veterans and their chosen guardians interested in making the same trip must submit an application to Badger Honor Flight. Veterans are selected for flights on a first-come, first-served basis. WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans are given priority. Applications are available at For more information, call 608-616-0243 or email at