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January 7, 2016 • Vol. 93, No. 1 “For God & Country”

Badger &“Wisconsin”

Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

The mission of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

79th Annual Oratorical Competition Set for February 13th

The Department is proud to announce the 2016 High School Oratorical Scholarship Competition. The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn about the Constitution of the United States of America. 2016 marks the 79th year of the Department’s program. Twelve students representing each District will compete for the Department title at Ripon College on February 13th. If you are inter-

ested in being a volunteer and helping to ensure a successful event we are in need of moderators, time keepers, judges, escorts, tabulators and sergeant at arms. Please contact Americanism Programs Coordinator Dawn Brauner at or call Department Headquarters at (608) 745-1090. Fillable volunteer forms are also available on the Wisconsin Legion website ( oratorical-scholarship-program ).

In Memoriam Department Historian George Buchanan of Post No. 524 in White Lake passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in Waupaca. He was 64 years old and is survived by his wife Esper. George graduated from White Lake High School with the class of 1969 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. George served as a recruiter, student training advisor and administration specialist attaining the rank of Master Sergeant before retiring from the Air Force in 1995. Following military service George worked at Motion Systems in White Lake and at Nueske’s Meats in Wittenberg before retiring in January of this year. George was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in White Lake. In his desire to serve the church, he completed course work

to allow him to receive his lay Pastor Certification from the PresbyteGEORGE BUCHANAN rian Church Department USA. For the Historian past 20 years he faithfully served the community of Hope Presbyterian Church. George was a member of the Anderson-Sather Post No. 524 in White Lake and a member of the American Legion Riders. He will always be remembered fondly by his family and friends. Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Jennifer Duncan, USAF, stationed in Clovis, NM; two sons, Jim Buchanan of Sacramento, California, Steven Buchanan, USAF, stationed in Rota, Spain and six grandchildren.


I see the Honor Guard Called to “attention” and “present arms.” I see the casket Carried to its final resting place. I see the mourners Teary-eyed and sobbing. I hear the Priest His final prayers and blessings. I see the presenting of the flag to a family member With thanks for serving our Country. I hear the squad commander Calling “port arms” and “prepare to fire.” I hear the last of the echoing volleys and The commander calling “present arms.” I see everything over the bell of my trumpet ~ As I send out the final notes Of TAPS, I again realize what An honor it is to be a part of the Last rites of a fellow veteran. By Jack Morzinski, Honor Guard Member of Post No. 54 in Marshfield, WI

2016 january cover  


2016 january cover