MADISON (WKOW) -- This is a very special day for millions of Americans, as we honor those who've served in the nation's military. Bob Schaper was at the Capitol today where hundreds gathered to mark Veterans Day.
Nov. 11 was originally known as Armistice Day, commemorating the exact moment in 1918 when World War I - the war to end all wars - came to an end. In the 92 years since that day there have been at least six more major conflicts, including the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
So today was an emotional thank you for the sacrifice and commitment shown by our military spanning generations. Gov. Jim Doyle, speaking on his last Veterans Day in office, noted that Wisconsin today has the largest call up of guardsmen since World War II.
"I've seen a state that I'm very proud of that has responded with honor and respect for the veterans, those that have served before, but particularly those who have been coming back in recent years," he said.
A concert by VFW Band 1318 precedes the program, with the colors presented by members of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard.
Speakers include Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary Kenneth B. Black, U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District, and Tommy Tradewell, Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander-in-Chief.
Capitol Bureau Chief Bob Schaper hears from local veterans, tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.