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Introduction and welcome

May 21, 2013
 
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Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Oshkosh Northwestern’s Salute to Veterans, our annual keepsake edition. This guide contains two sections. One contains individual tributes to veterans submitted by veterans and their families honoring their service. Another contains a listing of veterans from Winnebago County who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.

The sections are designed to coincide with the two Federal holidays for veterans:

*Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May and commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service by observing a national moment of remembrance with a minute of silence at 3 p.m. Monday, May 27.

*Veterans Day, which will be observed on Monday, Nov. 11. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. On Nov. 11, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Ala. to recognize veterans of all wars. This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.

As we reflect this weekend to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen, we do so with the knowledge that thousands of our fellow citizens find themselves in harm’s way in the call to duty. Our thanks to the families of veterans who took the time to submit photos and information. Finally, a profound thanks to the men and women who answered the call to serve our country.

Great care has been taken in producing this salute. Please report errors or omissions to oshkoshnews@thenorthwestern.com.

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