Veterans Day Penderra

Daniel Zimmerman was appointed by Governor Walker to serve as the 10th Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hailing from New Berlin, he spent his 25 year military career serving in various command and staff positions in support of the tactical Army worldwide. Secretary Zimmerman is a decorated combat veteran, having been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other Army, NATO, and foreign medals and awards.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Secretary Zimmerman about Veterans Day coming Saturday..

A Northwoods Veteran's Service Officer says everyone should pause and thank a person who served the country this Veteran's Day.

Oneida County V.S.O. Tammy Walters says the recognition by the public of the sacrifices many have made is important...

"....the sacrifices they've made are really unimaginable to most people, but they have made many sacrifices. Some will make sacrifices for the rest of their lives. I think as Americans we owe that to veterans. We owe this to them..."

The Ocean Epic of Walter Wendt

Nov 11, 2013
Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

On Veterans Day, we remember the service of veterans from many wars.  

Walter Wendt served six and a half years in the Navy in World War II.  He was onboard the ship the Helena when it was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with 95-year-old Wendt at his neighbor’s home in McNaughton, Wisconsin.

It's Veterans Day, the day set aside to honor all who have served our country in the military.

A truce was declared on November 11, 1918 which halted World War I hostilities. The next year, President Wilson declared November 11 as "Armistice Day" to remember the Great War. After Congress officially recognized the day as a holiday in 1938, it was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954 to bring in the veterans from World War II and Korea.

Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Michael Biszak says the sacrifices veterans endure should be remembered...

The Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

This is the fourth year the Forest Service is waiving fees says spokesperson David Melancon...


"....we've been waiving fees for Veterans Day and a couple other major holidays for many years now and it's basically one way for the Forest Service to say thank you to our veterans..."

The fees are also waived for non-veterans.