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Vietnam veterans honored at MCPL Spencer Branch

opening ceremony of WI Remembers

September 26, 2018

From September 24 through September 28, the Marathon County Public Library is honoring Wisconsin veterans with a temporary exhibit at its Spencer Branch.

The exhibit, called Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name is a traveling exhibit that features the name and photo of over 1,600 Wisconsin veterans who served in the Vietnam War.  The photos featured on the traveling memorial wall also appear on the official Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Sometimes, it is more than just doing a program. This one hits home to many,” said Audrey Kohlbeck, Spencer Branch Coordinator, who arranged for the traveling wall to come to Spencer.

To commemorate this weeklong tribute, the Spencer Branch held an opening ceremony on the evening of September 24. Many community members and veterans attended the ceremony, which included students from Spencer High School performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a veteran from the Loyal American Legion playing “Taps.”

“To see these people, with tears in their eyes, and hear tell me their stories and how they lost their brother, cousin or friend…I can say I have never done a project that was so important as this,” said Kohlbeck.

Featured below are videos from the opening ceremony for Wisconsin Remembers. For photos from the exhibit, visit our Facebook page. For more information, call 715-659-3996. 



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