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Walk to Remember Our Washington County Veterans | By Ethan Hollenberger

May 24, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – Throughout Washington County, there are over 6,000 Veterans laid to rest in 97 cemeteries. Each year, Veteran service organizations and other volunteers decorate these grave sites with American flags. Washington County is creating an endowment trust fund to ensure we forever honor our Washington County Veterans every Memorial Day weekend.

Walk to remember our veterans

Additionally, Washington County leaders have secured a partnership with the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial: Kewaskum Remembers to place a monument honoring Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan in Kewaskum. The memorial was designated in January as the official 9/11 memorial for Washington County.

On Saturday, May 25, two Veterans and their spouses will be walking across Washington County to raise money for an endowment to decorate the graves of Washington County Veterans and install a Veteran memorial at the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial in Kewaskum.

WALK TIME LINE

5:30am – step off from Monches/Hwy Q Parking Lot

8:45am – Arrive at Slinger Village Hall

10:30am – Arrive to Ackerman’s Grove County Park

11:00am – Public Assembles for Walk on Eisenbahn

12:40am – Arrive to Public Walk (E Washington St & The Eisenbahn in West Bend)

3:15pm – Arrive to Fillmore Fire Department CTH H

6:00pm – Doors open for thank you event at Washington County Fair Park Ziegler Building

County Administrator and Veteran Josh Schoemann and County Clerk Ashley Reichert will be joined by their spouses Jodi Schoemann and Justin Reichert, a Bronze Star Veteran who serves on the Washington County Veterans Service Commission on a nearly 40-mile walk across Washington County. Josh and Justin will carry 22 pounds to symbolize the 22 Veterans lost each day to suicide.

Schoemann and Reichert have been raising corporate funds for the causes and have secured over $150,000 in pledges.

While the group will trek from Southwest to Northeast Washington County, the public is invited to walk with them on the Eisenbahn Trail within the City of West Bend. For a Walk to Remember our Washington County Veterans, walkers will assemble at the Riverfront Parkway – Kuester Island at 11 a.m.

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