Catholic Memorial will give $13,000 to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

Published on: 2/14/2014

Catholic Memorial High School will give the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program $13,000 that it raised during a fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The event, which is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Catholic Memorial Auditorium, will feature a special presentation from World War II veteran, Al Exner of Waukesha.

Exner served as a Navy medical corpsman during World War II, and he will share his experiences in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

With his speech, he wants to maintain the memory of the men he treated while also shining light on the hardships endured by speaking to students in history classes around the area.

The funds donated to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight were raised through supporters of Catholic Memorial’s annual Haunted House event, held on the school’s grounds. 

The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight honors all veterans by flying World War II, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

Exner and his wife sent four children to CMH and his daughter, Sue Ruf, is a teacher at the school.

Exner’s presentation and the check presentation are open to the public.

CMH is located at 601 E. College Ave.