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Recently passed La Crosse veteran honored at Freedom Honor Flight

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Freedom Honor Flight attendees honored Vietnam War Veteran Jack Niedfeldt with a flag ceremony after he passed away from Parkinson’s disease in May.

Niedfeldt’s wife Kathy walked an American flag down the airstrip to the 24th Freedom Honor Flight that took 92 local veterans to Washington D.C.

“I think he would’ve been honored,” Niedfeldt said. “He’s with us today.”

Sergeant Niedfeldt served as an army combat engineer. He was exposed to the dangerous herbicide known as Agent Orange while minesweeping in tunnels, which later led to a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis in 2013. Other veterans carried the flag to the memorials in Washington D.C. in Sergeant Niedfeldt’s honor.

“He would’ve thought it was unnecessary because he believed that he had done his service,” Sergeant Niedfeldt’s daughter Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas said. “But at the same time, he would’ve really felt special that people recognized him in this way.”

The Freedom Honor Flight veterans left La Crosse at 7:30 a.m. and are expected to return at 9:30 p.m. While they’re in Washington D.C., they’ll visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and get a sunset view of the Pentagon.

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