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Gov. Scott Walker and first lady Tonette Walker invite family members of Wisconsin’s service members — past and present, home and away — to send a holiday ornament dedicated to their loved one for this year’s “Tribute to our Troops” holiday tree.

“The ‘Tribute to our Troops’ holiday tree is a unique way for loved ones to honor their service member,” Governor Walker said. “It’s always difficult for our troops to be separated from their families, especially during the holiday season. The ornaments on the tree are a special reminder of the men and women who are protecting us here, as well as abroad.”

The ornaments will be displayed on one of the large evergreen trees in the executive residence during December’s holiday tours. The ornaments can be plain or fancy, as well as personalized to honor our fallen service members, those who are deployed overseas this holiday season, and all who wear the uniforms of our nation’s armed forces.

The governor and first lady are encouraging as many families as possible of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members to take part in the event.

“We are so fortunate to have the Executive Residence beautifully decorated with different themed trees by Wisconsin greenhouses and florists each year. However, the ‘Tribute to our Troops’ tree is one of my favorites,” Mrs. Walker said. “Adding the personal touch of ornaments made by loved ones to remember or honor their service member makes the tree very special. While it is just a small gesture, it is important to take the time to recognize these individuals, especially at this time of year.”

To be included as part of this year’s “Tribute to our Troops” tree, ornaments must be received no later than Nov. 12 at:

Wisconsin National Guard Service Member Support Division

ATTN: Master Sgt. Deborah Severson

2400 Wright Street

Madison, Wis., 53704

Ornaments will not be returned.

The “Tribute to our Troops” tree will be decorated Nov. 17. The tree can be seen during public tours held from noon-2 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, and 10, and from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 5 and 12.