Johnsons reach milestone in construction of Gold Star Memorial Trail

Gassens and Johnsons bike the Gold Star Trail

(From left) Greg and Barb Gassen, parents of Pfc. Jacob Gassen, who was killed in action on Nov. 29, 2010, and Laura and Andrew Johnson, parents of 1st Lt. David Johnson, who was killed in action on Jan. 25, 2012, bike along the first phase of the Gold Star Memorial Trail in Mayville. (Photo By Karen Rouse, Dodge County Pionier)

MAYVILLE – Andrew and Laura Johnson, newspaper owners and Gold Star parents who were integral in the effort to find a photo for every Wisconsin soldier on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., have succeeded in yet another goal.

The first phase of the Gold Star Memorial Trail — a project the two have lobbied on behalf of for several years — opened on Nov. 21. The non-motorized trail honoring fallen service members from Wisconsin is expected to eventually run from Mayville to Beaver Dam. A grand opening event is planned for National Trails Day, June 1, 2019.

Andrew Johnson is publisher of the (Mayville) Dodge County Pionier, the Campbellsport News and the Kewaskum Statesman.

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