Something very special is happening next week for a group of 18 veterans.
Veterans from various parts of the country, from all walks of life, and from a wide range of
eras, branches, and occupations will gather on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin.
A group of men and women that until next week have never met, and many who don’t know what to expect.
You’ll often hear the House in the Woods team speak of bear, deer, rabbit, or moose hunts,
but have you heard of a dinosaur retreat?
Far from New England, where right now it’s almost too cold to snow, you’ll find a group of
volunteers working tirelessly in preparation for the arrival of our special military heroes. These
volunteers have been preparing for this retreat all year and the moment of truth is almost here.
Volunteers, businesses, and organizations from around the Lake Winnebago area, are preparing their shanties, equipment, and their hearts to host these 18 veterans for the 2023 2nd Annual
House in the Woods Veteran Sturgeon Spearing Retreat on Lake Winnebago.
What started as a custom rooted in Native American history long before Europeans arrived on this continent, sturgeon spearing through the icy depths was a tried-and-true method to secure food during the long winters. Early settlers watched on as the Native Americans from tribes such as the Menominee and Ojibwe, not only taught them survival skills but skills that would develop into a cultural tradition passed down from generation to generation.
The photo you see here is just a small group of men and women from Wisconsin who have
welcomed the House in the Woods organization and our veterans. Thank you, Wisconsin, for
welcoming our veterans with open arms, for wrapping them in the love and appreciation that they deserve, and for sharing your time and talents with all of them. The mission of House in the Woods is Giving Back to our military heroes, and their families. Wisconsin has embodied that as they continue to pour out their hearts in thanks to these men and women.
What a blessing it is to share this tradition with our veterans, perhaps introducing a tradition that they may carry on with their friends and families after the retreat is over. We gather our veterans together here on this special retreat to share with them not just spearing but allow them an opportunity to connect with other veterans, for a moment of peace, and to show each one of them that we value their lives, we appreciate their service and sacrifice to our country and respect them for their courage.
If it were not for the men and women who serve our country, we would not have the freedoms we have today.
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
TOGETHER WE HEAL