A Walk Among the Brave
In 2004 Tina was researching A Jump Into the Past on the microfilm machine at the Bloomer Library. While reading information on the city during WWI, she realized she could never get all of it into the city book. At that time, Bloomer was preparing to build a Veteran’s Memorial. “It was if an unseen hand smacked me in the back of the head and said, ‘Write a military book for Bloomer to go with the memorial.’” Evidently the smack was hard enough, because that is just what she did. While writing A Jump Into the Past and Ruff Stuff, she collected information, interviewed veterans and their families and prepared to write, what she knew would be, a large, large book. Several years later, A Walk Among the Brave, A Tribute to Bloomer, Wisconsin Veterans was finally completed. With 600 pages, it contains the names of the 2,755 men and women from the Veterans’ Memorial Walls in the city, with information and/or pictures on over 1,744 veterans and more than 1,400 pictures. Beginning with the War of 1812, stories, letters and articles from the local paper bring the lives of these veterans to life. The chapters on WWI and WWII also contain sections on what it was like living in Bloomer during those turbulent times.