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Friday, December 13, 2019

On the Road Friday ~ to the Wisconsin Executive Residence ~

Last week Thursday my husband, I and our son Atticus headed South to Madison. Our destination was the Executive Residence.

Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers announced that they will continue the  tradition of remembering Wisconsin's deployed service members and veterans with a "Tribute to our Troops." holiday tree in the Executive Residence.

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 on one of the large evergreen trees on display at the Executive Residence during its holiday tours.

We created the following ornaments.

My Grandpa Sam .. WWII Veteran

 Our son Sam.. currently Wisconsin National Guard

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.

" I am pleased to be able to offer families an opportunity, especially during the holiday season, to recognize the brave folks who serve in our armed forces." Governor Evers said. " I think it is as important for family members as it is for the service members being honored in this way."
Governor Evers
 We met the First Lady Kathy Evers. She was interested in our family story and where in Wisconsin we lived. She had to chuckle at how far North we live from Madison.
We got to hang our ornaments on the Tribute to our Troops tree.

 It was a special day for us. 
Thank you for coming along with me today, On the Road Friday, to Madison, Wisconsin to see a very special tree at the Executive Residence.



  1. A beautiful way to give tribute for those in the service.
    God Bless.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. The ornaments you created are darling, and so is that patriotic red, white, and blue tree.

  3. What a nice thing to do. The ornaments you made are really special.

  4. How wonderful! And I know how proud you must be! This was the adventure of a lifetime.

  5. How very cool ! Wonderful post and thank your family for all the service

  6. Oh Carla this made me tear up. How wonderful this is. I love the sweet ornaments you made for this special tribute tree. What a beautiful way to honor those that have served and are still serving our country. Bravo to your Governor and first lady. I wish all politicians could be like this. Happy Weekend.

  7. What a neat tradition. I did know about this tradition of the holiday tree, I am glad you shared with us! And glad you were able to share your ornaments on the tree.

  8. I love this tradition. What a wonderful thing for your governor to do!

  9. What a lovely day and a gorgeous tree...the red, white and blue lights are truly stunning...xoxo

  10. What a special tradition, Carla. Is Sam getting time off to join you for the holidays?

  11. What a wonderful event and I'm so happy that you got to be part of it. Your ornaments are beautiful.

  12. What a very special day, lovely photographs you've shared.

    All the best Jan

  13. This is wonderful. I love your ornaments, Carla.


High Fives from Wisconsin!