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Celebrating Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day we honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. This year, there won't be parades to observe this special day and a virtual celebration will never make up for the importance of those who have given us our freedoms. But in lieu of all this, I have some social distance-friendly ideas for families to participate in for Memorial Day weekend:

If you have kids, fly patriotic kites and have a picnic, wear patriotic clothing, walk the neighborhood with an American flag or put flowers on gravestones of the fallen. The Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) also has some activities you can do at home to celebrate, such as adding a Facebook frame to your profile, using #WIRemember on social media posts, coloring a flag and hanging it in your window or setting a missing man table.


This year DVA is holding an online Memorial Day commemoration on Monday, May 25th at 9am. Later that day at 3pm, Americans are asked to join in on the National Moment of Remembrance. Wherever you are, pause for one minute to remember those who have died in the United States military. You are also encouraged to play "Taps" during this time, which is the trumpet song heard at military funerals.


And on Sunday, May 24th Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert at 7pm. The concert will honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces with personal stories intertwined with star-studded musical performances as well as a special tribute to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thank you to our fallen heroes for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who are missing their loved ones.

COVID Surface Spread

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a change in the way COVID-19 is believed to spread on surfaces. Previously, they thought the virus could spread via contaminated surfaces and live on cardboard for one day and three days on plastic. Because of this, we’ve been disinfecting our groceries when we brought them home. But the CDC is now saying that the chances of getting the virus from surfaces is minimal, but of course, still possible. The main source of spreading the virus is by direct contact with an infected person by sneezing, coughing and talking, which is why we still need to social distance six feet apart.

 PUA Payments Begin Next Week

Those who have filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may begin seeing payments next week. PUA is for people who are self-employed or those who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance. Applications for the program began April 21st and according to Newschannel 7 in Marathon County, eligibility determinations will be made beginning this week and payments beginning next week. This means all self-employed Wisconsinites have been waiting over 8 weeks to receive any state benefits.


Representative Janel Brandtjen
State Capitol, Room 12 West
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 534-0022 or (608) 267-2367 | |