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Multiple veterans over 90 golf in Veteran's Golf Outing

Story By Lilly Zoller
Local News Published 09/14/2021 4:59PM, Last Updated 09/15/2021 12:26PM
Laona - "I'm 96," said Bernie Miller, a retired World War II veteran.

Miller may be the oldest one on the golf course today, but that won't stop him from having fun.

"Oh, you get together with all these veterans who have served and it's really, really very enjoyable," said Miller.

For the last nine years, veterans and volunteers have gathered at the Nicolet Golf Course in Laona for this annual event. The Veteran's Golf Outing honors veterans who have served. This year, five of those veterans are over the age of 90.

"The fact that we still have some World War II and Korean War veterans living that are able to participate and golf, I think it's heartwarming to see that," said Gregg Tallier, a volunteer for the Wabeno Lions Club.

But don't let their age fool you--these veterans came to win. Many of them have been participating since the event's first year. Golf may be what drew them in but it's friendship that keeps them coming back each year.

"I enjoy the camaraderie of all the guys here," said Amos Graves, a retired Korean and Vietnam War veteran.

Miller is excited that this year's outing gives him another opportunity to come out on top.

"'cause Bernie's older than I am and I got to beat him," said Graves.

Whatever the score, Miller and Graves are glad for the opportunity. They appreciate the hard work of the volunteers who organize the event.

"We hope to keep this going forever for our veterans of all services," said Tallier.

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