It’s hard to imagine that World War I involved 35 countries and involved such tremendous death and destruction.. It lasted five years, from 1914 to 1918. The United States only fought from 1917 to 1918. A year was more than enough time, however, to claim too many lives, including the namesakes of Wausau’s Burns Post (Chartered in 1920). People held tight to the notion that this needed to be the very last war. When the fighting stopped, leaders of several countries signed an Armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. An Armistice is an agreement to stop all fighting. This truce was signed on November 11th, 1918 at 11 A.M. This is important to know because Veterans’ Day was originally called Armistice Day. This day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during World War I in order to ensure peace. Almost 20 years later in 1938, Congress voted to make Armistice Day a federal holiday. In 1953, people began calling it Veterans’ Day. This was in thanks and remembrance to the Veterans in their towns. Many people believed that peace was preserved not only by World War I, but … Continue reading
Saturday 5/23/15 Annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:45am by the Stewart Avenue entrance of Marathon Park in Wausau. Parade travels into the downtown to the VFW Clubhouse on River Drive. Veterans Memorial Service to follow at 11am with opening remarks from the City Representative. Following will be the exercise of the Military Rites and Taps. Please join us as we honor our fallen comrades by coming out and enjoying the parade.
Message from National Commander Stroud March 30 is a very important day, not only to the VFW, but to all of America. It is a day dedicated to a generation of veterans who were made extraordinary by their commitment and lasting resolve. In 2011, nearly 38 years after the final withdrawal of U.S. combat and combat-support troops from Vietnam, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating March 30, “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” From February 1961 – May 1975, more than 3,400,000 Americans served in support of the U.S military operations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia; more than 58,000 gave their lives. Our Vietnam veterans are worthy of every praise, monument and memorial erected in their name. They served with a tenacious and indomitable spirit and returned to a homeland in political turmoil. Regrettably, their noble and steadfast service was overlooked by many upon their return. In many cases their sacrifice went unappreciated, dismissed or was even insulted. Though long-overdue, today America recognizes each and every Vietnam veteran who did not receive the proper welcome home they earned and deserved. … Continue reading
When the World War had ended and the soldiers returned to their homes, they found that there was a certain something missing from their daily lives; just what it was or how they were affected was not completely definable. The mind of Comrade Claude R. Roberts, a bugler who had served with Co. G 128th Infantry overseas finally solved the problem by acquainting the rest of the old company with a real soldiers outfit, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Through correspondence with and afterwards membership in the Merwin M. Carlton Post No. 5 of St. Paul, Minnesota, Roberts was made acquainted with the order and soon had 23 members signed up and a Charter granted. The Charter was issued on June 6, 1920, and the Post was mustered in on that date. The boys chose the name Burns Post to honor two Wausau brothers who lost their lives in combat in France. They were James A. Burns who was killed on May 28, 1918, and John E. Burns who died July 23, 1918. These men were … Continue reading
Emily Wegner, a high school student sponsored by Schmitt-Manecke-Donner VFW Post 1638 in Merrill, was awarded first place in the Auxilliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest at the District and Department levels and Fifth Place at National. For other winning artwork, go to the Patriotic Art Winners page.
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History of Veterans Day.
VFW Posts nationwide will be commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor tomorrow. VFW National Commander Bill Thien and Ladies Auxiliary National President Sissy Borel will be at the Pearl Harbor ceremony along with survivors, family members and fellow comrades, and will present a VFW wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial. In Washington, D.C., another ceremony will be held at the National World War II Memorial at 1:53 p.m. According to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, an estimated 84,000 servicemen and women survived the attack, of which less than 3,000 are still alive. The association disbanded in January 2012, but its website continues to be a treasure trove of first-hand survivor stories.