WAUSAU (WAOW) – The past commander of Wausau’s American Legion Post 10 is awarded a Jefferson Award for his volunteer activities.
Paul Missette is a longtime member of the Legion Honor Guard. "We do about 70 military funerals a year to honor our veterans that have passed away. It is a great honor to serve," he said.
As chairman of the Wausau Veterans Committee, Missette also helps organize many events and activities honoring veterans.
"We set up the Memorial Day Parade and the Veterans Day Program and we do things in the schools so students can help veterans who are in need," Missette said. "We also go to the schools and teach the students about flags and flag etiquette."
Legion members praise Missette’s willingness to serve.
"Paul has done a lot of work helping the veterans in the community and it is great he is recognized for his efforts," Legion Liason Officer Tom Passow said.
Born and raised in Boston to a family with a long history of military service, Missette joined the Marines in 1969.
"I was with the MP’s and security at a nuclear base and we would have to take care of the nuclear missiles that were brought in on the nuclear subs," Missette said.
He left the military in 1975 and moved west to make Wausau his home after visiting his sister here.
"The schools, the churches, everything was so nice we decided to stay here," Missette said. "Wausau is also very patriotic. They really do want the military to be part of the community. It is an honor to be part of that."