GREEN BAY - LZ Lambeau has attracted tens of thousands of Vietnam-eraveterans to its celebrations and welcome home this weekend. Asmeaningful as the celebrations are to the vets, there's anothergroup of people who didn't fight, but were impacted just as much byVietnam, the veterans' wives.
The veterans say they have vivid memories of serving some 40years ago. Meanwhile, their wives have vivid memories of their own,from when they were left back home in the United States.
“It was hard. We were married 10 days before he went toVietnam, and he was shot twice when he was over there. So it was ahard year,” said Pat Stinemates of Green Bay.
Forty years later, Stinemates still remembers staying up nights,worried for her new husband's safety. It was a feeling many ofthese military wives can relate to.
“I had two little boys and since we didn't know when hewould get back, you just expected him to get back next week, nextmonth, we didn't know,” said Sally Mielke ofCampbellsport.
When their husbands finally returned from battle, these womensay the hard times weren't over.
“He still had nightmares from it, so I do remember thenightmares,” said Beverly Montoure of Shawano.
Many of the military wives say often they've felt unable torelate to their husbands' experiences.
But being at LZ Lambeau gives them an opportunity to understandand to heal.
“It's something that he's put off all these years and it'skind of nice to see him come and to get to see his friends,”said Stinemates.
“It lets them know that their husband can have someclosure. So they can have closure now. And that's what I feel liketoday too,” said Montoure.
Some Vietnam veterans say they're grateful their wives got toexperience this with them.
“Our wives are just a part of Vietnam as what we are. Theyput up with our stuff over the years. Our nightmares, our moodswings,” said Rick Mikl.
But you won't hear the wives complaining. Instead you'll see apat on the back, a hold of the hand, a devoted spouse still bytheir side after all these years.
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Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
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For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.