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They’ve taken off: Flyover to honor health workers comes to La Crosse, Tomah tonight

Brad Williams

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Folks in La Crosse will get a good look at a statewide flyover tonight. 

The Air National Guard plans to fly military planes over both of La Crosse’s hospitals, Gundersen and Mayo, around 7 o’clock tonight, as a salute to health care professionals battling COVID-19. 

And they’re off… to pay tribute to ALL healthcare and frontline workers who have worked countless hours supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response effort across Wisconsin. You are our heroes! Thank you to you all!Don’t t forget to tag us with your view of the flyover tonight! @115thfighterwing See you in the sky!#americastrong #AFlyover

Posted by 115th Fighter Wing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

From La Crosse, the flyers will head to Tomah by around 10 after 7. 

Seventeen cities are included in the ‘Wings Over Wisconsin’ tribute, which is part of a routine flying exercise by National Guard pilots.  

Planes of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard will start in Kenosha and fly a course across the state, reaching La Crosse late in the exercise.

Today is the day!!!Today is the day the 115th Fighter Wing has an opportunity to honor ALL healthcare and frontline…

Posted by 115th Fighter Wing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Organizers urge spectators to watch the planes from home if they can, and to avoid gathering in large groups to witness the flyover.

Operation American Resolve is a national campaign to show appreciation for healthcare and front line workers.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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