WASHINGTON, DC - Empty wheelchairs rolled by northcentral Wisconsin veterans this month in Washington, DC.
They represent those who didn't make it home from war.
Into one of the chairs was placed a picture, representing one specific solider.
"This guy is a younger brother. Youngest one of five boys," said Al Johnson, a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War.
He held the picture of his brother Jack in his hands.
Johnson went on this month's Never Forgotten Honor Flight for something more than just seeing the memorial in his honor.
He went to remember and represent Jack.
"He died at about the age of 20, and it was an accidental death," Al said.
Jack was in the Army, serving in Korea, when a truck he was driving went over a cliff.
Escorting Jack's body back to Wisconsin was important for Al - so important that he was temporarily transferred from the Navy to the Army to do it more than six decades ago.
"Mike has never seen Jack, of course. He died before he was born," Al said.
Mike is Al's son, and Jack's nephew.
Mike escorted his father, in a way, through the Korean War Memorial that means so much.
"This was really him. He needed to do this. That part of his experience, I think, compelled him to really make a trip here with his brother Jack," Mike said.
Like all veterans on the flight, Al was warmly welcomed by grateful Americans in Washington and Wisconsin.
But this trip wasn't so much about Al.
"What Jack did with my father was really bring him here," Mike said.
And how would Jack feel about what his brother did for him on the Honor Flight?
"Oh, boy, that's pretty tough," Al said, pausing for a long time to think, then motioning at the statues at the Korean War Memorial. "We would feel like brothers. Like these guys are. They're all brothers."
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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