EDGAR (WAOW) – An Army veteran from Edgar who volunteers untold hours for organizations who work with veterans is our Jefferson Award winner for October.
Dennis Halvorsen served in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart before returning to Edgar in 1968.
He is a charter member of Edgar Memorial VFW Post 10187, which was founded in 1970, and also belongs to Edgar American Legion Post 393.
“I faithfully work with both and I enjoy it,” Halvorsen said.
In 1971, the VFW dedicated a flag pole at the high school football field and since then Halvorsen and fellow VFW members have showed up to raise the flag at home games.
“It is a great feeling.. when you walk around and when they play the National Anthem and when they raise the flag,” Halvorsen said.
Fellow veterans say Halvorsen’s organizational skills are much appreciated.
“He is very dedicated. He is a good guy. He makes things work and that is a very big deal for this community,” Thomas Burke said.
The father of five organizes honor guards for veterans who die.
He also oversees veterans’ activities in schools and parades and leads the ceremonial burning of worn out flags twice a year.
When Honor Flights return to Central Wisconsin Airport carrying veterans home after a day of visiting the war memorials in Washington, D.C., Halvorsen often shows up to welcome them home.
This past year, he also helped organize an American Legion baseball team and it finished runner-up in the state tournament.
“That was great and and we are going to try to do it again next year. We are not going to try. We are going to do it,” Halvorsen said, laughing.
Always looking for new ways things to create a sense of community pride.
“For me, it gives me a fulfillment of joy,” Halvorsen said.