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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tribute to the Troops 2020



Hello Friends,

Our Wisconsin Governor, Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers have announced that the "Tribute to our Troops" holiday tree ~ a tradition that began with Governor Jim Doyle ~ will continue this year.  A message from our Wisconsin Governor..

"While others across our state celebrate the holidays, Wisconsin's service members continue to serve both at home and abroad." 

"This year, in particular, we owe them a great debt of gratitude as they serve through the pandemic, including our members of the Wisconsin National Guard who have stepped up time and time again in our state response helping local governments, working as poll workers, and assisting in our testing efforts."

2019 Tribute to the Troops 

 We participated in the 2019 Tribute to the Troops. We had the opportunity to tour the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff, Wisconsin. The exciting part of last year was, we had the opportunity to hang our ornaments on the Tribute to the Troops tree. This season there will be no holiday tours due to the virus.

Click on the link above to join us on our 2019 tour and to see the tree dedicated to our troops.



This season I made up two handmade ornaments. 

I made one with a photo of Sam and Marv together and a fun message on the back..

Two Army Buddies

Korean War and Active Wisconsin National Guard

The other ornament I made using a photo of Sam in his COVID19 testing suit.

I also cut out photos of the special pins he earned while deployed during the global pandemic.

I appreciate this tradition and thank our Governor for continuing it. It is a special way to dedicate a loved service member.


  1. What a wonderful things to do! You are amazing to participate!

  2. A beautiful tribute to the troops. I love your handmade tree ornaments. They are very special. It will be a different Christmas this year for everyone but one thing that doesn't change is true love. Love lives on no matter what.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. This is such a great idea and I love the ornaments you made for the tree!

  4. I am very thankful for those who serve, all branches of our military and all the first responders. Their call to duty makes them heros!

  5. I love this Carla and a special ornament to put up for Sam and sweet Marv. Hope Marv is still doing ok. xoxo Kris

  6. Those are lovely cards. What a nice tribute to the Troops.


High Fives from Wisconsin!