On July 9th, Wisconsin’s Pewaukee Yacht Club will be holding an event in conjunction with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to honor their members’ contributions to
the United States Armed Forces. This one-day event will honor veterans that have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm from 1942 to Present.
Included in the program will be a proclamation delivered by the Waukesha County Executive, US Flag dedication to the Pewaukee Yacht Club from Iraq by Lieutenant Colonel David Klauser, and a USO show featuring the likes of Kate Smith, Bob Hope and the Andrews Sisters. Vintage Army vehicles, movies, music, displays of period uniforms, interviews with veterans, and color and honor guards will also be featured. The program will finish with TAPS and a 21 gun salute.
While everyone may not be able to bring in as many big names to honor their area veterans, the purpose of this event is to not only honor the veterans, but to bring awareness and understanding to local youth of the freedoms enjoyed in the United States thanks to the veterans. The Pewaukee Yacht Club and the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight hope that the event can serve as a template for Yacht Clubs across America to provide similar programs to their members.
Any donations received in excess of the costs of the event will be for future Honor Flights, which offer the opportunity to WWII veterans to fly all expenses paid to Washington DC to see the WWII memorial and other monuments in Washington DC. Currently, the Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight have flown over 1000 veterans since their humble beginnings in 2005.
This event has 98 veterans committed to attending including legendary sailors and veterans Buddy Melges, an America’s Cup winner, and Bill Mattison, legendary ice boater. Do you know the members of your yacht club that have also served in the U.S. military? An event such as this one would be a great way to honor them.
For more information on how to get involved in starting your own tribute to veterans, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.