Gary Wetzel is coming home.
Gary, South Milwaukee’s Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, is returning to his South Milwaukee home this Wednesday, July 19, almost a year after a motorcycle accident left him seriously injured and in need of rehabilitation. He had been staying at a hotel in Franklin awaiting completion of accessibility upgrades to his house.
We are making his homecoming a little more special with a police and fire escort once he hits the South Milwaukee border, to his house in the 2500 block of 17th Avenue. South Milwaukee veterans are also bringing a color guard to his house.
We want your help! It’s a simple request: Please head out to the street along the route and cheer as Gary goes by.
Here are details …
- What: Welcome Gary Wetzel to his newly remodeled home
- When: Gary will arrive at 15th and College Avenues around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, to meet a police and fire escort, starting a ride to his house.
- Route: The escort will head south on 15th Avenue, west on Menomonee Avenue, then north on 17th to his house.
- Join us: Please stand anywhere along the route and cheer Gary on. Please keep disruption near his house at a minimum.
Thanks, Gary, for your service and your bravery.
Please join me in welcoming this hero back to South Milwaukee.