Veterans Day is a very important holiday in the Unites States. Originally named “Armistice Day”, it was observed on November 11th to recognize the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In the 1950s, the holiday was renamed “Veterans Day” to recognize those who have served in all wars.
Veterans Day means a lot to Doug Huckbody, owner of Battle House Laser Combat, and to his entire family. Huckbody has uncles, cousins, siblings, and children who are veterans, in addition to Doug being a veteran himself. “Years ago, most of my family lived in small Wisconsin communities, and many were dairy farmers,” said Huckbody. “Most of my uncles went off to fight in World War II, leaving the farms for their wives and children to care for. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War, and several of my older cousins served in Vietnam. I served in the Cold War, and my eldest son served two deployments in Afghanistan. Even my baby sister, Dana, is a former Army Captain and a West Point grad. Our family has always had a strong military focus.”
Last summer, the Huckbodys came together for a family reunion. “My mother, Ella, decided to honor all the veterans in the family for this year’s reunion theme, and engaged the services of a niece who is a quilter,” said Huckbody. “The living veterans received beautiful patriotic-themed throw quilts. To recognize the veterans who have passed on, pillows were made with their images for their families. Dana gave a wonderful heartfelt talk about each veteran in the family.”
The Huckbodys rejoice in celebrating not only the veterans in their own family, but all of America’s veterans. “It’s important to recognize, honor, and appreciate their patriotism and willingness to serve our country,” added Huckbody. “They’re the reason we live in a free country.”
At Battle House Laser Combat, veterans accompanied by a paying customer play for free the weekend of Friday through Sunday, November 10 – 12.