‘We must never forget’

Even as the balloon was deflated, the message was powerful.

A new POW/MIA hot air balloon was unveiled last Saturday at Zimmerman High School by members of Freedom Flight Inc.

The non-profit group is comprised entirely of volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and funds to fly three POW/MIA hot air balloons at various events across America and the world.

This was the first public inflating of the newly designed balloon, according to Alan Miller, the commander of the Zimmerman American Legion.

Members of the The Freedom Flight Inc. crew are Pilot Luke Cesnik, Crew Chief Pam Cesnik, Tom Kunkel, Frank Grittner and Joe Shermann.  They helped raise more than $5,000 to go toward the balloon.

Freedom Flight Inc. seeks to honor and increase the awareness of P.O.W. /M.I.A. issues. The balloons serve as a grim reminder that Americans have been reported to still be alive in foreign countries and that only a groundswell of public support will bring them home.

Freedom Flight’s team of volunteers are committed to educating the public about our Prisoners of War/Missing in Action and they encourage people to ask questions, seek answers and demand the return of all held captive in foreign countries and of all those unaccounted for.

The Freedom Flight POW-MIA hot air balloons can be seen flying at balloon rallies, festivals, veterans functions, parades, dedications and patriotic celebrations.

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