Saying thanks to those who served
MAIDEN ROCK--Members from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently returned home to Wisconsin after serving a tour of deployment in Iraq.
Now, community members from the surrounding areas and beyond are starting to show their appreciation to those who served will not go unnoticed.
The website servingthe32nd.org was formed as a way for the people of Wisconsin to say thanks to the soldiers and families of the 32nd.
Committee member Doug Ducklow explained one of the organization's two main projects is to help in the assisting of publishing a commemorative book, written by members of the 32nd, detailing their year in Iraq. Their goal is to see every one of the Brigade's 3,300 members receive a complimentary copy of the book.
"It's going to be a great piece of Wisconsin history," Ducklow said about the book, which will be titled "Red Arrow in the Sand."
Therefore, Ducklow went looking for businesses to help their cause and one area business was more than willing to contribute. Wisconsin Industrial Sand pledged $5,000 to the cause and, as a thank you, Ducklow and Col. Steven Bensend, Commander of the 32nd, presented the Maiden Rock location of Wisconsin Industrial Sand a flag that flew over the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, last October.
Sarah Leonard, Office Manager for the Maiden Rock location, said Ducklow approached her about three months ago and felt it was a great idea. She approached her boss, Al Nelson, and he signed off on it as well.
Bensend said members from the 32nd, which included one from every county in the state, came back to Wisconsin between Jan. 15-30th. There are area branches in River Falls (Delta Company), Menomonie (Alpha Company) and New Richmond/Rice Lake (Bravo Company).
The website also said servingthe32nd hopes to publish another 3,000 books as well. The full-color, hard-cover book, which is 250 pages, should be completed in the next couple of months.
The other main event was a "Tailgating with the Troops," held last October in Madison, at which the soldiers in Iraq were able to spend the day with their family via teleconference. The event was planned around a Green Bay Packers home football game. In addition to the soldiers and families of the 32nd IBCT, the event also included the families of other units' soldiers, who are also deployed.
For more please read the March 10 print version of the Herald.