thunderclapping for the Vets

Published on: 11/11/2012

A few of last night's fireworks weren't unlike the sound a thousand clapping hands make when they're honoring U.S. veterans, especially the ones with the hundreds of exploding crackers. Toward the end of the 30-40 minute display the rapid bangs and pops even reminded me of clapping and cheering.

It was a sight to behold. I just hope some veterans saw it. The night  was mild and clear with a light breeze. Warmer than expected for November. The fireworks followed a patriotic program inside North's fieldhouse that welcomed many dignitaries, veterans and enlisted men and women. Also, flag bearers and a too-sparse crowd of about 200-300 civilians listened to a few great speeches and roughly an hour of blues by Navy band Great Lakes Horizon. This was a big production for North's Booster Club and was sponsored by 14 local and national businesses and produced by Waukesha's Park, Rec and Forestry Dept.

As Waukesha's 4th of July fireworks display was cut short due to grass fires, last night's display borrowed unused funds from that to make these extra special.

I don't think I could've had a better view. Take a look at the video and notice how rapidly the sound follows the explosion. I was right underneath them! Also, listen to the echoes bouncing off Lowell Hill. It's an effect we don't get as much of over at the Expo Center grounds. The Fourth fireworks used to be held at Lowell, though you can still catch smaller fireworks there during the Janboree.

2012 is the Wisconsin Year of the Veteran. Yesterday was the 237th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corp. and tomorrow Veterans Day is celebrated. If you love your freedom, thank a vet. If you don't see any veterans Monday you can still show you care . . . through a blood donation.    Thanks.