A group of local kids will take part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor next month.
Twelve members of the 1st Wisconsin Young Marines and three adults will travel to Hawaii. Here are five things you need to know about the trip:
Local commanding officer Curt Martin of Machesney Park, Ill., said the organization's goal is to get youths involved in activities so they don't turn to drugs. They learn military history, close-order drill, swimming, fire safety and survival skills. They are awarded for participation in sports, high academic achievement and for learning foreign languages.
"I will tell them all the bad stuff about service first, so when they get in there, their eyes are wide open," he said.
"I will sit down with them and their parents and spill my five minutes of glory," which is what a Marine might expect out of a career, Martin said. "The rest is just an everyday job."
This is the first time the Young Marines have been invited to the ceremony, and they probably won't be going again in the foreseeable future, Martin said.
In addition, "This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for 90 percent of these kids, probably," Martin said.
The trip will include visits to other historic sites and yes, some time at the beach.