By Jon McGinty
A caravan of more than a dozen buses and RVs transported 200 World War II and Korean War veterans and “Rosie-the-Riveters” (women who worked in defense plants during that era) from Beloit, Wis., to Washington, D.C., this past weekend (May 17-18). Accompanied by nearly 140 assistants and medical support staff, the vets are on an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the memorials in D.C. dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
Called VetsRoll, the project has been an annual event since 2010, and the brainchild of the Finnegan family, owners of Finnegan’s RV in South Beloit, Ill. Participants and assistants have come from more than 25 states, mostly from Illinois and Wisconsin. This year, the 925th veteran/Rosie will take the trip.
On the way to Washington, the caravan stops in Dayton, Ohio, to view the Air Force Museum. Once in Washington, they visit Arlington National Cemetery, and the Vietnam, Korean War and World War II memorials. State police provide escorts for the caravan all the way back to Wisconsin on Wednesday. A huge crowd of family and friends is prepared to welcome home the weary travelers at the Eclipse Center (former Beloit Mall) late Wednesday evening, May 21, accompanied by police and fire department vehicles. A huge fireworks display is also part of the homecoming festivities. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.VetsRoll.org.
From the May 21-27, 2014, issue