WWII Vet Speech Headlines Check Presentation to Honor Flight
Waukesha, Wis. – Catholic Memorial High School will present the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with a check for $13,000 on February 18. The evening will feature a special presentation by World War II veteran Al Exner of Waukesha.
Exner served as a Navy medical corpsman during World War II, and he will share his experiences in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. As a surgical technician, Exner treated both sides in the conflict, as well as many of the men serving for our allied nations.
“A story of the greatest generation as told through someone who lived it will deeply impact our students,” says the Very Rev. Paul B.R. Hartmann, president of Catholic Memorial High School. “Our school was founded as a living memorial to 23 young men who died in WWII. Hearing about Al’s WWII experiences while supporting the Stars and Stripes speaks directly to the heart of Catholic Memorial.”
The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight honors all veterans by flying WWII, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials. The funds donated to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight were raised through supporters of Catholic Memorial’s annual Haunted House event, held on the school’s grounds.
Exner’s new mission is to maintain the memory of the men he treated while also illuminating the hardships endured by speaking to students in history classes around the area and educating them on the great sacrifices made for their country. Exner also has close ties to the Catholic Memorial community. He and his wife sent four children to the Waukesha high school, and his daughter, Sue Ruf, is a teacher at the school.
Exner’s presentation and the check presentation are open to the public. Please visit catholicmemorial.net for time and location information.