Central Wisconsin woman gets a big surprise at birthday party
By Nate Barrett, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SHAWANO COUNTY (WAOW) -
A central Wisconsin woman celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday.
But this wasn't just any birthday. Rose Racine was given a special surprise by her friends and family.
At the party, family members told the former World War II veteran about an upcoming trip to Washington D.C. It's part of the Old Glory Honor Flight. A trip that reunites veterans with the monuments built in their honor.
"It's just more than one could expect," said Rose Racine. "I would never have any idea."
Rose served in the Navy. After training she was stationed in Oregon, and she returned to Wisconsin after the war ended.
"I'm one of those that what you got to do, you follow everyone else, and I went along with it," said Racine.
Her family set up the surprise trip.
"I wanted it to be big," said Kristin Racine, Rose's granddaughter. "It's her 90th. Who knows if we'll get another decade, we hope, but I wanted it to be big. She's a vet."
The Mattoon woman certainly had a lot of people to celebrate with. She has 7 children, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
One of Rose's daughters will join her on the trip. Family members tell Newsline 9 it will take place in October.