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Wausau cemetery asks for donations to place memorial plaques for WWII veterans

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WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Pine Grove Cemetery finds five World War II veteran plaques in storage and now is seeking donations to have them properly installed.

The cemetery's interim manager, Pat Haskin, says the cost to install the memorials is nearly $1700.

She found the plaques after organizing a storage unit, and thought they needed to see the light of day.

"I felt a sadness. I mean, they need to be honored…I don't believe we should walk away from our veterans and this is just our simple way here at Pine Grove of saying we respect what they did for us," said Haskin.

Haskin has attempted to reach out to family members of the buried veterans but has received no responses.

The memorial plaques are provided to veterans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at no cost, with only an installation fee assigned to the family.

Haskin feels the cemetery going out of its way to install the plaques is the least it can do.

"Any veteran, whether they served on the front lines or they served in support, or they served at home ... are entitled to be honored. This is just a small portion of what we owe them," said Haskin.

The plaques found by Haskin include Milton Franklin Nass and Norman E. Rust representing the US Navy, Charles D. Trettin and Walter R. Schroeder of the US Army, and Loren S. Brunsman of the US Army Air Force.

Those interested in donating can contact the Pine Grove Cemetery by calling (715) 842-4560 for more information.

Any funds over the amount needed for the installations will be used for new flags and flag holders to be used during Memorial Day.

Chase McNamara

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