DATE: April 5, 2013
Contact: Brendan Conway, Communications Director
WWII Veterans Receive Purple Heart PassesMILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele met with military veterans at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove today and handed out 12 Purple Heart Passes (PHP). Nine of the recipients are World War II veterans.
“It’s an honor meeting these brave men who gave so much for our country,” Abele said. “We can never repay them for their service, but this is a small way we can mark their sacrifice and the sacrifice of all the veterans across the state.”
Abele was joined at the ceremony by Racine County Executive James Ladwig and Jim Duff the Director of the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office.
The PHP is a first-of-its-kind pass that allows Purple Heart veterans from Wisconsin free admission into a number of private and public Milwaukee County venues, including the Harley Davidson Museum, Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum as well as the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
The PHP Program was started by Abele and the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office. The program went into effect this year; nearly 300 passes have already been handed out to veterans across the state.
Attached is a photo from today’s event. More pictures can been seen on County Executive Abele’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeCountyExecChrisAbele