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Tribute to service members focuses on women


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Thursday an assisted living facility in Chippewa Falls paid tribute to our service members, with a focus on women.

From the men decorated in World War II uniforms, to the combat vehicles they drove, the Veteran's Solute at Chippewa Manor was a step back in time.

"I wanted to do something for my country." That's the answer you'll get from 94-year-old Bernice Borton when you ask her why she enlisted in World War II.

"It's an experience you don't ever forget," says Borton.  

She was just 22 years old when she left her job at Presto Industries in Eau Claire, for the unknown.

"Things were happening over there and we kind of wanted to see what it was like," says Borton.  

One of nine thousand women from Wisconsin to serve in an active duty role, Bernice still remembers arriving at Pearl Harbor.

Borton says, "When we got there the Navy band was playing and when we came ashore they handed each one of us a lei. We were in charge of the incoming and outgoing supplies."

World War II Veteran, Joyce Halldorson, says, "We thought it was going to be the last war, but as you know, there's been several since. I think possibly, maybe they were a lot worse than our World War II was."

Korean War Veteran, Russell Vahlbusch, says, "We're running out of World War II vets, they're dying off. The Korean and Vietnamese veterans I guess will fill the gap. It's just a moment of remembrance, that's what it's about, because we all did it an awful long time ago."

This is the 5th year Chippewa Manor has hosted the Veteran's Salute.  Veteran's Day is Monday.

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