Marathon County’s SWAT Armored unit, the Salvation Army Canteen, National Guard Humvee and Rothschild’s Ladder truck were just a few of the vehicles gathered in the Globe University parking lot to celebrate and commend police, fire, emergency services personnel and military. As part of the event, GU Wausau’s Criminal Justice Program partnered with the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, a group that sends WWII Veterans from 12 counties in Wisconsin to experience Washington D.C.’s War memorials. Through a variety of raffles, prizes, club, and campus donations held at Emergency Services Day, $2,630 dollars were generated allowing five veterans to experience the Honor Flight, a two- day journey that acknowledges their bravery and service by bringing them to tour War Memorials created in their honor- before it is too late for this generation to be honored. The day included two ceremonies featuring Rep. Donna Seidel, Senator Pam Galloway, Mr. Kevin Jenkins (Congressman Duffy), and Ms. Camille Soldberg (Senator Johnson) commending emergency service personnel and students who are investing in an education that will contribute to serving the community.
The We Care Spirit was embodied as GU Wausau students, staff, and 39 community agencies partnererd to pay tribute to the lifelong commitments that our criminal justice, emergency service personnel, community service agencies, and military make every day.
At the October 5th check presentation ceremony that followed August’s Emergency Services Day, Jim Campbell, Founding member of Never Forgotten Honor Flight shared, “The results of one event’s fundraising efforts will now impact the lives of five World War II Veterans, their families, and their communities by allowing them to live the legacy of their service through the Never Forgotten Honor Flight journey this donation provides.”
The spirit of deeper collaboration betwen Globe University Wausau and the 39 community partners has also made a lasting impact on the campus- deeply enriching GU-Wausau. We invite you to save the date for August 7, 2012, next year’s Emergency Services Day.