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Veterans Day — a time for remembrance and reverence

Americans flags fly in the wind in Wisconsin Rapids. Don't forget to say "Thanks" to a veteran today. (AP Photo/The Marshfield News-Herald, Dan Young)

Americans flags fly in the wind in Wisconsin Rapids. Don't forget to say "Thanks" to a veteran today. (AP Photo/The Marshfield News-Herald, Dan Young)

By Joe Yovino

I’d like to take a break from our regularly scheduled coverage of the construction industry and Wisconsin’s high-speed fail for something that should be important every day, but is especially important today.

Veterans Day, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, is a time for remembrance and reverence. It’s a time to remember all our past and present soldiers who fought and still fight to keep our nation free.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 37,257 World War II era veterans are still living in Wisconsin. All of them, as well as veterans from other wars and those still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, deserve our eternal gratitude.

The state of Wisconsin has designated a seven-day period ending today as Veterans Recognition Week in Wisconsin. This week is also designated as Hire a Veteran Week in the state. MillerCoors also observed the day with a special memorial at its Milwaukee brewery.

The company’s Miller Valley Veterans Monument pays homage to former employees who lost their lives in World War II.

A ceremony Thursday included a World War II vintage military flyover and a 21-gun salute.

MillerCoors, for the first time in recent history, even stopped its brewery production for two hours to allow employees to attend the dedication ceremony.

So thanks Dad, Grandpa, Great-grandpa, and Great-Great-grandpa for the gift that keeps on giving: the freedom to write this blog … and the freedom to say it’s terrible.

Joe Yovino, the first generation in his family not to serve in the military, is the Web editor at The Daily Reporter.

2 comments

  1. Very important to remember! And to read more about some construction industry veterans (young and old) at The Boldt Co., check out this feature from Wisconsin Builder’s July issue: http://wibuilder.com/blog/2010/06/coming-home/

  2. Well written and says what we all are thinking. Hope each and every one of us said a prayer for those who have given so much for our freedom.

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