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Local veterans 'roll' to Washington, D.C.

9:22 PM, Aug. 23, 2013  |  Comments
Pictured, from left, are the area veterans who visited Washington, D.C., in May: Bob Grimes, Gene Boll, Merlin Miller, Roy Miller and Jerry Koene.
Pictured, from left, are the area veterans who visited Washington, D.C., in May: Bob Grimes, Gene Boll, Merlin Miller, Roy Miller and Jerry Koene.
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World War II veteran Merlin Miller, of Plymouth, and Korean veterans Bob Grimes, of Plymouth, Gene Boll, of Plymouth, Roy Miller, of Port Washington, and Jerry Koene, of Plymouth, were some of 200 veterans and "Rosies" who traveled to Washington, D.C., along with 120 volunteers and medical staff from May 19-22. They rode in 10 Badger Motor Coaches from Beloit to the nation's capital.

This year's Vets Roll mission included Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Iwo Jima Memorial; WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln memorials; plus surprise events including a welcome home celebration.

As the group crossed into Ohio from Pennsylvania on the way home, they were given a full police escort through the entire state by the Ohio Highway Patrol. They were also welcomed by state troopers in Indiana and Illinois the rest of the way to Wisconsin. As they came upon Beloit near midnight, the veterans were welcomed by motorcycles, dozens of fire truck and police squads with their lights flashing, along with people lining the route through the city. They turned down a street lined with 1,200 American flags and also a fireworks display.

Many well-wishers shook each veteran's hand or gave them a hug as they got off their buses.

For more information about this program, visit vetsroll.org.

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