First Lady Tonette Walker

Faces of Freedom to salute Wisconsin veterans

By For The Reporter Media of the Appleton Post Crescent
Monday, January 14, 2013

Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will host Faces of Freedom — A Year of the Veteran Celebration.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. It will include a reception hosted by the First Lady and a program saluting Wisconsin veterans, followed by live music and dancing, according to an event press release.

“As you may know, my husband Scott designated 2012 the Year of the Veteran,” said Tonette Walker in a statement. “Throughout the year, he recognized, supported and honored veterans from all generations, and I am excited to announce that in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, I’ll be hosting Faces of Freedom as a way to wrap up and celebrate this special year.”

“For nearly a year now we have been recognizing and honoring all generations of our state’s veterans with events and celebrations across the state such as Operation Greatest Generation where we honored hundreds of Wisconsin’s living World War II veterans and the unveiling of a new Medal of Honor monument honoring Wisconsin’s 62 bravest heroes,” Secretary Scocos said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the First Lady and Governor Walker for their commitment to veterans and military families.”

Faces of Freedom is open to the public, including veterans, military members, residents and business leaders. Individuals can purchase a ticket for $50.

Proceeds from the event will help the Wisconsin Veterans Museum continue its mission to connect the past to the present through the powerful stories associated with their collections. Veterans are encouraged to share their story through Museum staff will be available to collect veterans’ stories at the event.

Nationally-known comedian and Milwaukee resident Fred Klett will be the gala’s headline entertainer. Klett has performed alongside standup comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno and opened for entertainers George Benson, Sheena Easton and Smokey Robinson. His national TV experience includes appearances on Showtime, Comedy Central, A&E’s “Comedy on the Road” and HBO’s “Comic Relief.” He has headlined at top comedy clubs across the country such as Zanies, Punchline, Comedy Café and Hilarities. Klett is known for his family-friendly, relatable humor.

Brew City Big Band will play from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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