Sunday, November 11, 2012
Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto honors his father who served in WII and survived the sinking of an escort carrier in October 1944. Nine other men recently were in Brookfield to mark the 68th anniversary of the Battle off Samar.
This Sunday, Nov. 11th is Veterans Day which honors our country’s armed service veterans. Prior to 1954, this holiday was known as "Armistice Day" to memorialize the end of combat in World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice notably went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. "Armistice Day" was changed to "Veterans Day" in 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, which made this holiday a time to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. Brookfield has been home to veterans who have served in all of this nation’s wars. Of particular note is that a veteran of the American Revolution from Massachusetts, Nathan Hatch, who enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 moved here when he was in …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I think of my Dad and his two brothers who all served in World War Two — a sailor, infantryman, and pilot.... I think of my father in-law.... trudging through the snows of Belgium in that Christmas of 1944.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
By Tom Gehl of Brookfield "Go tell the Spartans, those that passeth by; That here, obedient to their laws, we lie" So the Greek poet Simonides immortalized the Spartan warriors who defended their country against impossible odds and the armies of the Persian invader, Xerxes. They did so because it was what they were raised to do, and because they considered their hearths, homes, and way of life to be worth fighting and dying for. It is here again — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", the words of Winston Churchill which noted the Armistice ending World War One. Even as the Great War ended, his spirit was enshrouded by the dread of the next great conflict that he alone could already see. I see him staring out the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, We Energies and Port Washington officials hosted the event to install the WWII Wisconsin Pillar of Honor.
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Friday, November 9, 2012
A tent packed to standing-room-only met on the planned Coal Dock Park on Friday afternoon to celebrate the installation of the WWII Wisconsin Pillar of Honor. "The pillar is now in place and on time for Veterans Day," said Brad Hoeft, president of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. "May this site serve as a place of reflection and respect for generations to come." The pillar is an effort of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, an organization that works to send WWII veterans to see the memorial in Washington D.C. at no cost. Honor Flight is a national program, and the Stars and Stripes branch was founded in Port Washington. Related: Honor Flight Meets Goal: No More Waiting List for Veterans Stars and Stripes founder Joe Dean, also a Port …
Local businesses salute our service men and women with special deals year-round, as well as on Veterans Day.
A number of local businesses are saluting veterans, military service men and women, and their families this Veterans Day by offering local discounts, specials and promotions. Here's a guide to specials in the Brookfield area. Click on the business name to get its location and other details. Two important notes: Free food: Store discounts:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Although Veterans' Day is passed, County Executive reminds all to remember their sacrifice and contribution every day.
Editor's Note: This letter to the community came from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' newsletter. Dear Friends: Earlier this month the United States celebrated Veterans’ Day. This year, not only did the holiday fall on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, this year we celebrated this day in the eleventh year of this millennium. Ninety-two years ago on this month, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tributes to veterans will be held at Elmbrook schools and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy.
In a handwritten note to veteran and active duty soliders, a Brookfield Elementary School third-grader weaved a message of gratitude and empathy. "I love every last one of you soldiers because you have saved country, and for all the holidays I wish you could be with your family," Vaughn Effert, 8, wrote. It's just one of the many notes Brookfield Elementary youth have made for WWII veterans to open during their mail call on a future Honor Flight trip to the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. Students also have raised more than $700 in donations to the Badger Honor Flight Network by selling about 700 flags for $1 each that the school will display during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday. Each flag will bear the name of a veteran, and some …