What a great way to start Walk with Walker in 2017! We had a wonderful time in Port Washington, taking in historic sites, commemorating our veterans, and even had a special guest – my husband, Scott, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin! Port Washington has so much to offer tourists, especially in the warm summer months right off the cost of beautiful Lake Michigan.
Despite a forecast of chilly temperatures and rain, the Governor and I were so excited to get started with the 57th Walk with Walker. He had not been able to join me for a walk in many years, so I knew this one would be special! We got started in the beautiful Veteran’s Memorial Park in the Band Shell adorned with an incredible American flag. When we arrived – I could hardly believe my eyes! We had about 150 people ready to join us on our walk, definitely a new record!
Once we got started, we wove our way along the picturesque shoreline and harbor of Port Washington. Eventually, we came to Coal Dock Park and stopped at the replica of the World War II Memorial pillar in Washington DC. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight founder Joe Dean joined us, and was able to tell us about the importance of this memorial and how impactful it is to recognize our Veterans. I was able to find a brick that holds a special place in my heart, one dedicated in honor of my father Tony Tarantino. It was so wonderful to see the support for our veterans and talk with everyone about their sacrifice. The memorial was remarkable, and it stands as a tribute to all those who have served to protect our country.
We spent some time at the Memorial, then we headed back to Veteran’s Memorial Park. After taking in views of historic downtown Port Washington, we enjoyed some wonderful snacks courtesy of Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly back at the Band Shell. I want to give a special thanks to Kathy Tank of Port Washington Tourism Council and Pam King of the Ozaukee County Tourism Council. Without your efforts in coordinating this wonderful walk, none of this would have been possible! The Governor and I enjoyed our time in Port Washington, and can’t wait for our next visit!