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June 1, 2017 • Vol. 94, No. 5 “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.

76th Session of Badger Boys State Approaches

The 76th session of Badger Boys State is scheduled for June 10th to June 17th at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. This year’s session is expected to attract nearly 900 high school seniors and future leaders from around the state. The pro-

gram is designed to educate youth in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship by encouraging participants to learn via active participation. Badger Boys State is patterned after the established agencies of city,


On Saturday, May 13th, Brian (S.O.G.) Kvitek of District 1 Legion Riders was presented a nearly new Harley Davidson motorcycle from the Hogs for Heroes organization. The presentation took place at Post No. 171 in Union Grove. Shown here on the motorcycle are Brian Kvitek and his wife April. Behind them from left to right are Audra Thompson

and Keith Thompson of Hogs for Heroes; Keith Ulicki -owner of Uke’s HD dealer a sponsor of Hogs for Heroes and Frank “Phantom” Konieska - President of the District 1 Legion Riders and Commander of Post No. 171 in Union Grove. Well over 100 spectators gathered for the presentation and Post No. 171 provided a lunch for the those assembled.

county and state government paralleling Wisconsin government. Badger Boys State is possible due to the tireless efforts of over 100 volunteer counselors and staff. Collectively, they bring over 1,200 years of Badger Boys State experience to the 2012 program. Additionally, sponsorship of citizens by many Legion posts, local groups and clubs, as well as individuals, is vital to the success of the program. The 76th session will also continue the tradition of the “Tribute to Veterans” evening program, with many Veterans attending. The Tribute will be held on Friday, June 16th and is dedicated to the history of our nation and the men and women who act to maintain our freedom. The members of the military are the ultimate defenders of the freedoms and rights that we as Americans enjoy every day. The Tribute is designed to raise the awareness among Badger Boys State citizens of the sacrifices many of their relatives had made. The students are urged to recognize them not only as their relatives, but as defenders of our freedoms. For more information about Badger Boys State, visit

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Veterans, their families and their communities

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Veterans, their families and their communities

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