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Wausau students surprise local veterans


It was the surprise of a lifetime for two local veterans.

Students at Newman Catholic Schools in Wausau presented the Korean War Veterans with boarding passes for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

“They felt really surprised,” said 5th grader Kayla Furrer.

The Honor Flight is a chance for veterans to visit Washington, D.C.

While there, they will see the war monuments paying tribute to the sacrifices they made for our country.

Organizers say students collected their spare change for a week to make this idea a reality.

“It’s really important to honor our veterans for protecting the freedoms we have today,” said Kayla.

A few coins from each added up to a big difference.

“It’s really exciting for them to see how little people can make a big difference just by bringing in what they had. They gave what they had, and they made a big difference for two American heroes,” said Wendy Furrer, an organizer of the event.

“These kids here, they had such smiles on their faces. They were so happy to do it. You could just see them grinning, so you’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” said George Buchberger, a veteran who will be going on an Honor Flight next spring thanks to students at Newman Catholic Schools.

The veterans say they appreciate the opportunity to take this trip of a lifetime.

“It’s really nice. It’s a nice tribute to us,” said Buchberger.

A tribute that will make this surprise unforgettable.

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