FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 
May 8, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2401

Columbus Veteran to be Recognized as WI Assembly ‘Hometown Hero’

MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly will recognize Willard Weiss from Columbus, Wisconsin as a “Hometown Hero” at the upcoming Assembly session on May 10th.  

Weiss, who served in the Army and the Army National Guard for 23 years, was nominated by his State Representative, John Jagler, for his guidance and persistence in the development of the Columbus Community Veteran’s Memorial. The memorial, a monument made of brick pavers, commemorates community members who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces, listing their name, rank, branch served, dates served, and other notable achievements.

At age 85, Weiss has made this project this life’s work. The success of the memorial has made an impact on his community, with interest and popularity prompting a redesign of the park to allow for more memorial pavers to be installed.

The Wisconsin State Assembly sees giving back to the community as one of the most valuable characteristics one can have. The Assembly Hometown Heroes program seeks to identify and recognize individuals from around the state who give of themselves to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of those around them. Hometown Hero Award winners are invited and introduced as a special guest at an Assembly floor session and given the opportunity to speak.