Loading

68°F

69°F

67°F

63°F

65°F

67°F

72°F

63°F

69°F

72°F

67°F

67°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

Lakeland VFW perches Army tank in WoodruffSubmitted: 06/17/2014

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


WOODRUFF - An imposing Army tank will now greet people coming into Woodruff on Highway 47.

The National Guard hauled it from southeastern Wisconsin and finished their work in Woodruff on Tuesday.

Veterans believe it's more than just a piece of heavy machinery on display.

They say it serves as a symbol for troops who fought in our country's wars.

"This tank was in a battle. It's something defending our troops. A lot of troops were saved by these tanks, they followed them behind the tanks," said Frank Zagar, the Lakeland VFW Post 7898 Commander.

Bringing the M60A3 tank here was a project years in the making for Woodruff.

"I get chills. It just gives me the chills to see that tank sitting there. It's a dream come true for me. I'm just proud to have it here. I hope everyone is as proud as I am," Zagar said.

The Lakeland VFW helped get the tank to Woodruff from Hartford, Wisconsin.

Once in Woodruff, it took hours and heavy machines to get in place just right.

National Guardsmen were in charge of getting it to Woodruff and getting it placed.

"(Their work was) fantastic. I was amazed they were doing it so good. It's just perfect. I just couldn't believe it. These guys are really good," Zagar said.

M60A3 tanks were used in battle until about a decade ago.

The tank sits next door to the post office in Woodruff.

The VFW hopes families and kids visit to see and touch the tank.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

ONEIDA COUNTY - Drivers in Woodruff and Minocqua might want to avoid a popular shortcut soon. A several month long road project will start next week on County Highway J between Highways 51 and 47.

Last year, the intersection of County Highway J and Highway 51 was completely redone.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - September might not seem like the best time to plan your garden, but taking steps now can mean better results later.

+ Read More

NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.

Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.

"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."

Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Anxious and excited kids will find more creative ways to learn this year at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - The Horant family lost their home and business when it burned down two weeks ago. It was a tragedy that shook the Eagle River community.

The Horant's have always been around to help the community. Now, that community is giving back to the family that has been so good to it.

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - Many kids like to take art classes over the summer. The Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua has one project for kids that is made out of all-natural materials.

The project is called Uprooted. It started in July and was supposed to end in August, but the kids had so much fun working on the art project that it was extended until the fall.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - We'll enjoy great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long. Workers at golf courses across the area know that incoming fall weather spells the end of their season, so they're trying to capitalize on the next few weeks of warm forecasts.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here