Vets Weigh in On Memorial

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Sixty years ago, millions of American men and women were deeply involved in the most massive military conflict in history.

From the United States alone, more than 400,000 people gave their lives in the conflict, and now they are all being recognized with a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

"All I can say is it's been a long time coming. Everybody should be appreciated," said Ray Rock.

Rock gave up more than five years of his life fighting for the country in the pacific. He says the memorial is long overdue, and is bothered by the fact that many vets did not live long enough to see its completion, a sentiment that many in the World War II generation share.

"Well, it's too late for those who already left us, but I'm glad we have it today, at least, it seemed like a long time coming," said Harold Bulmer, who fought from Normandy until the end of the war.

Bulmer says he plans on visiting the memorial in Washington this summer when he hopes the crowds will be a little smaller.

Other vets like Andrew Hettinga are focused more on memorials here in central Wisconsin like the granite monument outside the Marathon County Courthouse.

"All the people that were killed in WWII in Marathon County is on there," said Hettinga.

Albeit small, Hettinga calls the Marathon County monument beautiful, and is hoping to raise enough money to have it moved away from the street and closer to the battle of the bulge monument, also situated outside the courthouse to make the whole area safer for pedestrians.

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