Sunday, August 12, 2012
Miller Park is the site for a day of honor and remembrance for veterans from the greatest generation and then some, breaking a world record in the process.
The showing of a documentary based on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight brought tears to the eye, cheers from the crowd and broke a record for attendance. "Field of Honor," a documentary based on the journey of veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C., had its premier showing at Miller Park to a nearly sold-out crowd estimated at 33,000. Official totals confirmed by a representative of the Guiness Book of World records put the exact attendance at 28,442. The Honor Flight Network began in 2004 when Earl Morse, a retired air force captain and physician's assistant at a VA clinic in Ohio realized most of his patients who were World War II vets had neither the funds nor the physical ability to make the trip to see their own …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Event at Miller Park brought together thousands of veterans and their families where they shared their stories of war, bravery and true love.
A sobering statistic flashed across the screen at Miller Park during the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Field of Honor film debuted Saturday night. “One-thousand World War II veterans die every day.” As the veterans pass, so goes the chance to honor them, to hear their stories and to learn from the Greatest Generation. But honor flights throughout the state allow for those veterans to be honored and appreciated and to share their stories with the rest of the world. Martin Videkovich, of Caledonia, fittingly was sworn into the U.S. Navy on July 4, 1942, before he was shipped out to the Pacific. He recently had the chance to see the World War II Memorial when he went on the June Honor Flight. For Videkovich, the highlight of the trip “was …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker delivers weekly radio address.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177. To download an mp3 file you can visit http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address: Hi. I'm Scott Walker. Every day’s a bonus; that's what I read on the back of a shirt the first time I sent off an Honor Flight full of World War II veterans on a trip to our nation’s capital. Every day's a bonus was written across the …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Andrew Paretti Jr., World War II veteran and Fox Point resident, shares his experiences.
Andrew Paretti Jr. is an 86-year-old World War II veteran, and he doesn’t think he’s a hero. Nor did he want to go on an Honor Flight when his friend, John Young, a retired Navy captain he met in the Navy League, first suggested it. “Those are for the heroes,” he said. Still, Young persisted for three years, and finally accompanied Paretti as a guardian on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight two weeks ago to see the National World War II memorial. Saturday, hundreds of other World War II veterans will take an expenses paid Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials, accompanied by volunteer guardians. “The highlight of the trip was when we got home," Parett said. "When we passed security, they had close to 3,…