Tribute to our Troops Continues Holiday Tradition

Tribute to our Troops Continues Holiday Tradition
Wisconsin National Guard members, as well as members of the Wisconsin National Guard Service Members Support Division, and others helped decorate the Tribute to Our Troops Tree at the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff, Wis., Nov. 21. The tree, which honors deployed and fallen Wisconsin members of the armed forces, has been an Executive Residence tradition for 15 years. Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs photo by Vaughn R. Larson

Gov. Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers have announced that the “Tribute to our Troops” holiday tree — a tradition that began with Gov. Jim Doyle — will continue this year.

The governor and first lady invite family members of Wisconsin’s service members — past and present, in Wisconsin and abroad — to send a holiday ornament dedicated to their loved one. The ornaments will be displayed at the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff, Wisconsin, though there will be no holiday tours this year due to COVID-19.

The invitation is open to families of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members. Ornaments can be plain, fancy or personalized to honor our fallen service members, those who are deployed overseas this holiday season, and all who wear the uniforms of our nation’s armed forces.

To be included as part of this year’s “Tribute to our Troops” tree, ornaments must be received no later than Nov. 28 at:

Wisconsin National Guard Service Member Support Division
ATTN: Mr. Liam Walsh
2400 Wright Street
Madison, Wis., 53704


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