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Volunteering at the 2014 Event, Awarded Volunteers of the Year
Pictured L to R: Kris McMenamin, John Bensend, Thuy Smith, Dan Mataczynski, Luke Bensend,
Tyler Fregine, and Ryan Leckel. (Not pictured Steve Macheksy).
The next generation of veterans giving back to those who came before them. What a powerful coming together! These veterans were with us for the very first official Vietnam Day Celebration for Wisconsin (2010). They have been with us ever since. I am so proud to introduce to you these Veterans from UW Stout. Having them be a part of us meant so much. You have honored both the veterans and their families. I as a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran also thank you. You are now a part of us. We are are proud of you as well.
One of the things their group organized is a national roll call event. They read all the names of the more than 6,300 service members who died as a result of the current war effort. The Remembrance Roll Call was at Clock Tower Plaza, pausing at 1 p.m. for a national moment of silence. They invited Veterans, students, and community members to help them read the names.
I urge everyone to support them and all the great things they are doing!
Learn more about them and other clubs across the United States (here)
Volunteers from previous Years
Pictured from L to R: Jesse Richard, John Bensend, Clint Vincent, Dusty Kimber, Kristina Hodge,
Front Row – Shauna Vojtasek, Thuy Smith, Ryan Peroutky
Last Pic- was from the fist event since the bill passed, Other pics were from events the following years.
Please see letter I received from Veteran's Club President
Thank you for letting us come and help you with Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Day this pas year. It was a great opportunity to give back to Veterans who have given and done so much. I am particularly thankful for what they have done for my generation of Veterans. When I took my first step off the plane state-side, there was a Vietnam veteran to shake my hand; that meant a great deal to me.
Thank you for all you do and please let us know if we can help with any upcoming or future events.
People Making a Difference
Too many times there are people who do great things (big or small), but never get recognized. Sometimes its because people don't give proper credit to where credit is due and so other people's ideas, accomplishments, or other acts of "Greatness" never become known.
I admire those who do things without any thought except to do the right thing and to help someone in need. However, I feel it's important to acknowledge "Greatness" when we see it.