Town goes beyond the call of duty to honor its WWII vets

In a regional story that deserves national attention, the community of Waconia, Minnesota raised $50,000 to send its veterans to see the National WWII Memorial. This Wednesday, over 120 of Waconia’s vets will arrive in Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, returning later in the evening.  Contributing to the trip were school children who raised $14,000 and a wounded vet on leave from Iraq who chipped in $500. The local hospital also donated $5,000 and is providing nurses and doctors to accompany the vets.  

The efforts of Waconia to honor its WWII vets is truly remarkable and touching.  Communities throughout the United States are encouraged to launch similar campaigns to reward its vets who would probably otherwise never have the opportunity to see the National WWII Memorial.

The American Veterans Center salutes the fine people of Waconia for the respect and appreciation that they have shown their vets.

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