Memorial Day parade in Wausau. Burns Post Honor Guard.
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National Commander John Hamilton will be representing the VFW in the White House Monday morning, as well as participate in Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Locally, many of our 7,200 VFW Posts will be having similar ceremonies to honor our fallen. As we gather to remember the more than one million Americans who served and died in our nation’s conflicts going back to the Revolutionary War, please remember to keep our 83,000 missing and unaccounted-for servicemen—and their families—in your thoughts, as well as the men and women assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, who are tasked with bringing them home from some of the most austere places on Earth. As of today, there are 73,661 missing from World War II; 7,918 from the Korean War; 1,647 from the Vietnam War; 126 from the Cold War; and 6 from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More information, plus loss statistics, are available at the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/summary_statistics/.
Community parade starts at Marathon Park and ends at the VFW Clubhouse on River Drive. Program starts at 1100 hours, featuring Post 388 Commander-elect Mary Jo Literski. Hospitality follows.
An extensive display of photographs marking the sacrifices of U.S. military members in Iran and Iraq since September 11, 2001 will be on exhibition in the Ahrnsbrak Room at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County beginning Monday, May 27 and running through June 14. A video Story of Always Lost: A Mediation on War describes the exhibit. “We’re happy to be able to host this truly moving display and there could be no more appropriate time to open this exhibition than on Memorial Day,” said UWMC Campus Dean Dr. Keith Montgomery. “We’ve been trying to reach out to veterans in the community over the past several years through different activities designed to recognize their contributions,” he added. “This is a natural extension of that effort.” The heart of Always Lost is the Wall of the Dead; individual photographs with names of the more than 6,500 U.S. military war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. The Always Lost project team regularly adds photos to the Wall of the Dead to keep it current. Always Lost also includes the 2004 … Continue reading
The President of the United States and the Governor of Wisconsin have proclaimed May 15, 2013, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 12 through May 18, 2013, as Police Week. Continue reading
Spearheaded by the VFW Foundation, the Tractor Supply Company (TSC), the largest farm and ranch store chain in the United States with over 1,100 retail stores nationwide, is offering the VFW a special opportunity to distribute Buddy Poppies at each location during the Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading
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Comrades Banks, Borg and Cahill make the race for State Junior Vice Commander a three-way contest; First ever Candidates’ Video Forum now running of you WI VFW State Website. Continue reading
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1638 and its Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies in various locations throughout the city of Merrill during the week of May 18-27. According to Post Commander Michele Rathke, VFW By-Laws state that the proceeds from Poppy distributions must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the family members and orphans of deceased veterans. “What better way to help our veterans in the community than by distributing this little flower of remembrance,” Rathke said. “We encourage everyone in town to stop by the various locations and get a Buddy Poppy to help honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.” In 1923, VFW became the first veterans’ organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of Poppies, which are assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. Founded in 1899, VFW is the nation’s oldest major veterans organization with more than 1.7 million members. Mayor Bill Bialecki (Past Post Commander of VFW Post 1638) has signed a City of Merrill, Proclamation, dedicating the week of … Continue reading