Menasha veterans celebrate Armed Forces Day

Published: May. 19, 2018 at 10:36 PM CDT
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Saturday marked "Armed Force Day," a day when communities come together to thank military members.

Introduced in 1949 by then Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, the Day is aimed at showing gratitude to those in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

A celebration was held at the Isle of Valor in Menasha, which featured music, speeches and a parade.

But, the Menasha veterans also celebrated an anniversary.

"It's also a ten year anniversary of the isle being here and it means a lot to us because this is something that we thought would never happen and it's here and now we always hold the Armed Forces Day Celebration at the 'Isle of Valor,'" said Dave Mix, Commander of VFW Post 2126 Menasha.

The "Isle of Valor" is dedicated to veterans from the area. It also highlights two Medal of Honor recipients.

Thomas Robinson, known as "Tinker," is the man behind the "Isle of Valor."

"Everything worked out real good and here we are ten years later with a dream that never thought it would happen. A lot of people laughed at me, but I continued on and this is what we did," said Robinson.

Sgt. Elden Grimm, a Marine from Menasha, was killed during World War II. His name is on the "Isle of Valor" bridge and he was recognized at Saturday's ceremony.

"One of our own is coming back from Hawaii where they found his remains-- next week Thursday-- we will have a little celebration for him today," said Mix.

Robinson says if you see a veteran on Armed Forces Day, to thank them for all their sacrifices.

"Most of the veterans, the Vietnam Veterans, we never really did get a thank you; but they're coming around now with the honor flights and everything and it's just an honor that people realize that freedom isn't free that people fought and died," said Robinson.