FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2020
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Honor Flight Organizers to be Named Assembly ‘Hometown Heroes’
MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly will recognize Tony and Lorraine Van Kampen from New London, Wisconsin as “Hometown Heroes” at the upcoming Assembly session on February 20th.
The Van Kampens, who were nominated by their State Representative, Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca), have been actively involved in the Northeast Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight for years, with Tony acting as the Director and Lorraine acting as the Vice President. They serve not only on the board, but also as volunteers for the honor flights.
“It’s an honor to recognize two people who have given both time and resources back to our veterans,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), who selected the Van Kampens for the award. “I applaud their selfless spirit and willingness to prioritize their community and local veterans.”
In October, the Van Kampens volunteered for their 50th Honor Flight as escorts to Washington D.C. Additionally, they have escorted Pearl Harbor veterans to Pearl Harbor and recently took five Vietnam veterans back to Vietnam.
“I want to thank Tony and Lorraine Van Kampen for their ongoing commitment to our veteran community. They’ve enriched the lives of those who have served and sacrificed for our country,” said Rep. Petersen. “It is an honor presenting them with the Wisconsin State Assembly Hometown Hero Award in recognition of their 50th and accounting Honor Flight Mission on October 23, 2019.”
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.