Veterans lead parade in MinocquaSubmitted: 07/04/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen

Veterans lead parade in Minocqua
MINOCQUA - Honor Flight veterans are at the front of Minocqua's July Fourth parade every year.

"We really want to be able to honor our veterans on the Fourth of July in the best way we possibly can," said Minocqua Area Chamber director Krystal Westfahl.

Thousands in downtown Minocqua were able to thank them, and the vets got to spend some time together.
Wally Oberman helped organize the honor flight veteran buses.

"To talk about the shared camaraderie between the service that they did and the suffering that some of them did - It's just a great thing to have them talk amongst themselves," said Obermann.

Vern Reigel has lived in the Minocqua area for 26 years, but went on the parade for the first time this July 4.
He was one of the few Korean War veterans in the parade, but said its easy connecting with those who served in other wars.

"We all faced the same decisions when we're in the war," said Reigel. "Of course some of us had better jobs than others."

Dan Reuland served in Vietnam and is part of the 353 Marine Corps League. He said today is an opportunity to bond with his men.

"We have a lot of really good members - Combat marines, guys that got back," said Reuland. "It's just a really good thing to be in right now."

The Never Forgotten Honor Flight brings Vietnam, Korean, and World War II veterans to Washington DC. The vets get to tour the different military monuments and memorials there.

Reuland is welcoming more former marines or Navy Corpsmen into the 353 Marine Corps League. They meet every other Thursday at 1572 Hwy 51 N, Arbor Vitae.

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