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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Back to clearing blog debts. This was in 2011, when Kitty visited me during winter break. 

Wisconsin Veterans Museum is located on the Capitol Square, at the end of State Street. 

Since opening, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has averaged more than 90,000 visitors per year. Over 3,000 objects are on display in a very modern exhibit environment. Continued growth in visitors is anticipated, particularly as an outreach effort is underway to advertise the facility.
The unique characteristics of the old museum- its legislatively established mission to recognize the role of Wisconsin citizen-soldiers in the Civil War and “any subsequent war,” its fortuitous administrative position as part of a dynamic state agency, its programmatic link to some of the important events of history, its impressive and long established collection of historical materials, the emotional association with Wisconsin’s tradition of service to the nation, and the high regard accorded to veterans by a grateful citizenry -continue to be embodied in this living memorial.

gift shop at the entrance

This guy is a statue if you can't tell...

WSK was pregnant hehehe

The Civil War was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the "North" and the "South". The war had its origin in the issue of slavery, especially the extension of slavery into the western territories. Foreign powers did not intervene. After four years of bloody combat that left over 600,000 soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South's infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, and the difficult Reconstruction process of restoring national unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began.

For Wisconsin, the Civil War began in April 1861 with a single piece of PAPER, a declaration of war from Governor Alexander Randall that assured his state would protect and defend the Union until its last breath. By the end of 1862, Governor Randall’s promise manifested itself on the battlefield, as Wisconsin soldiers that began in gray militia coats and hand-me-downs now stood proud in blue frock coats and forage caps, while some, outfitted in iconic black army hats, became the most feared fighting force in the Union Army.
In just over eighteen months, the men of Wisconsin – farmers, laborers, teachers, and merchants – entrusted with destroying Confederate forces and preserving the Union, were no longer just flesh and blood. They were IRON – strong, unflappable, and soon to be unstoppable. This is how Wisconsin’s soldiers trained for, fought in, and eventually won the Civil War, from PAPER TO IRON.

The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, effectively the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. 
The result was the 1898 Treaty of Paris, negotiated on terms favorable to the U.S., which allowed temporary American control of Cuba, ceded indefinite colonial authority over Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine islands from Spain. The defeat and collapse of the Spanish Empire was a profound shock to Spain's national psyche, and provoked a thoroughgoing philosophical and artistic reevaluation of Spanish society known as the Generation of '98. The United States gained several island possessions spanning the globe and a rancorous new debate over the wisdom of expansionism.

Despite many sources of outspoken opposition, the majority of Wisconsin citizens did not oppose World War I. Business, labor, and farmers all enjoyed great prosperity, and over 118,000 citizens went into military service. Wisconsin was the first state to report in the four national draft registrations, and was highly commended by federal authorities for its efficiency. The Wisconsin National Guardsmen in the Red Arrow Division gained a reputation for their fearless and effective fighting. In all, 1,800 Wisconsin citizens died in the war.

Approximately 320,000 Wisconsin men and 9000 women served in the armed services during World War II. Wisconsin housed German and Japanese POWs during the conflict and state farms and factories were crucial to the war effort. By the war’s end the 32nd Division (Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard) had: 11 Congressional Medal of Honor winners, 3,000 men awarded medals of valor, 11,500 Purple Hearts, and 3,000 casualties.

The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. The U.S. government viewed involvement in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. U.S. military involvement ended on 15 August 1973 as a result of the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress. The capture of Saigon by the Vietnam People's Army in April 1975 marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year.

The Korean War (1950–1953) was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. It was primarily the result of the political division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II. The Korean Peninsula was ruled by the Empire of Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. Following the surrender of the Empire of Japan in September 1945, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th parallel, with U.S. military forces occupying the southern half and Soviet military forces occupying the northern half.

This was when people started telling us that we look like Korean couple

so handsome!

Persian Gulf War (1990–1991) was a war waged by a U.N.-authorized coalition force led by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait. Though the Gulf War was recognized as a decisive victory for the coalition, Kuwait and Iraq suffered enormous damage, and Saddam Hussein was not forced from power. 
In 2002, the United States sponsored a new U.N. resolution calling for the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq; U.N. inspectors reentered Iraq that November. Amid differences between Security Council member states over how well Iraq had complied with those inspections, the United States and Britain began amassing forces on Iraq's border. Bush without further U.N. approval issued an ultimatum on March 17, 2003, demanding that Saddam Hussein step down from power and leave Iraq within 48 hours, under threat of war. Hussein refused, and the second Persian Gulf War–more generally known as the Iraq War–began three days later.

The Cold War, often dated from 1947 to 1991, was so named because the two major powers—each possessing nuclear weapons and thereby threatened with mutual assured destruction—never met in direct military combat. Instead, in their struggle for global influence they engaged in ongoing psychological warfare and in regular indirect confrontations through proxy wars. Cycles of relative calm would be followed by high tension, which could have led to world war. The Cold War and its events have left a significant legacy, and it is often referred to in popular culture, especially in media featuring themes of espionage and the threat of nuclear warfare.

What was WSK doing at the back there lololol

I was so bald and cheena ughh


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