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Heartfelt ceremony honors Wausau veterans


These men and women made a commitment.

"It's a chance for us to honor all of the veterans and not only the veterans that have given their supreme sacrifice in the wars," said Paul Missett.

To protect our country at home and around the world.

Ralph Sliwizki served in the Army for 31 years.

He said fighting for our country was challenging because of how technology has changed.

"A lot of the soldiers that were hurt and killed, were because of improvised explosions with cell phones," said Lt. Col. Ralph Sliwizki.

He remembers some close calls.

"We were bombed one night, and we had artillery fire coming in and it was scary it really was," said Lt. Col. Sliwizki.

But throughout it all, the one thing he knew he could count on, were his fellow soldiers.

"We lost a few individuals, and you just didn't know, you didn't know what was going to go on, you just hoped and prayed that God didn't select you," said Lt. Col. Sliwizki.

Veterans at the event said they will never forget their sacrifice.

"Knowing what I had to go through, but then thinking about what they had to go through, with food, and equipment and boots and cold weather," said Lt. Col. Sliwizki.

City leaders said recognizing our veterans is more important than ever.

"It shouldn't just be one day of the year, we should honor our veterans, really every day," said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.

Organizers said that's what these events are all about.

"It's very encouraging to us to as veterans, to keep these ceremonies going, so that we can pass along the legacies of what our veterans have done," said Paul Missett.


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