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Governor and First Lady to honor Wisconsin service members, veterans with 'Tribute to our Troops' holiday tree

MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker announced that they will continue the tradition of honoring Wisconsin's service members and veterans with a "Tribute to our Troops" holiday tree. The governor and first lady are inviting family members of Wisconsin's service members - past and present, here and abroad - to send a holiday ornament dedicated to their loved one. The Executive Residence will display the ornaments on one of the large evergreen trees on display during December's holiday tours.

"We are grateful for everything that our men and women in uniform do on behalf of our state and our nation," Gov. Walker said. "It's important, not only at this time of year but all year long, to remember our troops and the sacrifices they make."

The governor and first lady invite as many families of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members as possible to take part in the event. Ornaments can be plain, fancy or personalized.

"It is so important to remember the families of our service members," Mrs. Walker said. "This tree is as much a tribute to the selflessness of military families as it is to the men and women in uniform, themselves."

Family members and friends who want to participate can send an ornament, no later than Nov. 13, to:

Wisconsin National Guard Family Assistance Center
ATTN: Tiffany Addair
2400 Wright Street
Madison, Wis., 53704

The "Tribute to our Troops" tree will be decorated Nov. 16. Public tours will be held from noon-2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17.

Individuals submitting ornaments are asked to include their name and return mailing address, along with the name of the Wisconsin service member. Ornaments will be returned after the holidays.
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