Announcing Our 12th Annual Veterans Day Barbecue
Everyone is Welcome
Monday, November 11, 2019
2515 Prospect Drive, Eau Claire, WI
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Food and Beverage Provided, Music by the Memorial Madrigals and Warren Petryk, Corporate and Veteran Support Exhibits, Vintage Vehicles.
Keynote Speakers Featuring Minnesota Wire Veterans.
Sponsors: Briggs Tent & Party Rental, Canteen, Cody Limousines, Culver’s, Eby-Brown, Famous Dave’s, Festival Foods, Leinenkugel’s, Manpower, Royal Credit Union, Scheels, Vintage Vehicles for Veterans
For more information contact:
Brian Wagner at
715-874-4580, ext. 6816
A Look Back at Our 2018 Festivities
A Community’s Commitment to Our Veterans
“Each year, we set this day aside all across the country to celebrate and pay tribute to America’s Veterans for their devotion, patriotism, selfless service and sacrifice on behalf of us all. Their loyalty to our country, and their great courage, have made us what we are today — and what we’ve been for more than two centuries: the land of the free and the home of the brave . . . a beacon of hope in an increasingly complex world.” Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Brad L. Doboszenski
Minnesota Wire, for the 11th year, along with numerous community sponsors, honored local veterans with a Veterans Day Barbecue at their Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility. Everyone was welcome, and the turnout for the event demonstrated the community’s commitment to caring for and honoring those who have served.
Honoring Our Veterans
November 12, 2018
Brian Wagner, Director of New Market Development at Minnesota Wire, first conceived the program eleven years ago. Brian’s father, Fred Wagner, the founder of Minnesota Wire, was a proud veteran. Brian wanted to honor local veterans. He envisioned a barbecue where veterans, their families, and community members could share memories and support in a relaxed atmosphere. The event has grown in attendees as well as sponsors each year.
Chip Laingen, a 21-year U.S. Navy Veteran, aviator, and commanding officer, opened the ceremony.
“We should take the time to remember that we’re enjoying a wonderful, warm gathering here, complete with delicious barbecue . . . but the reason we’re here at all is because of those standing the watch around the globe — on cold bridge wings, inside hot vehicles and flying long missions.” Chip Laingen
Paul Wagner greets one of the attendees who arrived in full dress uniform—pride on display.
Paul Wagner and and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Brad L. Doboszenski visit with a Vietnam veteran.
Paul Wagner, Chairman and CEO, Minnesota Wire and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Brad L. Doboszenski.
Paul Wagner, Chairman
This year’s featured speaker was Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Brad L. Doboszenski. Lieutenant Doboszenski’s honors include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the NATO Medal.
Gold Star Mother, Retired SFC, Kaye K. Olson
Attendees represented every branch of the services. Included in the group was one Gold Star Mother, Retired SFC, Kaye K. Olson. Kaye lost her son U.S. Marine Sergeant Andy Stevens in Fallujah, Iraq on December 1, 2005.
Kaye gave 34 years of her own life to the U.S. Army while serving around the world. Since retiring, she has dedicated her time to serving veterans of every war. We were honored to have Kaye’s and all the veterans’ indomitable spirits and sense of comradery among us.
The Eau Claire Memorial Madrigal Singers performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” and several other songs throughout the day.
Famous Dave’s provided Texas Beef Brisket, Creamy Coleslaw, and Wilbur Beans. The meal was topped off with Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard. Both Famous Dave’s and Culver’s are Wisconsin originals!
Ann Kersting, Customer Service, Minnesota Wire. Ann was in charge of monitoring and drawing names for the raffle.
A raffle was held and watched with excitement. All proceeds of the raffle are donated to the Chippewa Falls Veterans Assistance Center.
Chippewa River Distillery
Eau Claire City Community Service
General Beer Northwest
Ho Chunk Casino
Main Street Café
Paws & Claws Total Dog
Sleep Inn & Suites
Wayside Bar and Grill
Weekend at Bernies
Wild Ridge Golf Course
Wisconsin Metal Fab
Buska Retirement Solutions
Briggs Tent & Party Rental
Eau Claire Memorial Madrigal Singers
General Beer Northwest
Jay’s Sign Service
Royal Credit Union
Scheels All Sports
Trinity Equestrian Center
American Red Cross
Buska Retirement Solutions
Garske’s Veteran Services
Veterans Outreach and Recovery
VFW Post 7232
A Sincere Thank You
Everyone at Minnesota Wire would like to express their sincere appreciation to the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, those who provided donations for the raffle, and everyone who freely gave their time to make this event a success. This event is a community effort and would not happen without the help of everyone who contributed.
Brian Wagner has already begun working on plans for next year’s event.
Watch this space!