Hundreds attend Pewaukee Lake's Ski Club debut

Posted at 10:53 PM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 00:04:52-04

Families all across southeast Wisconsin made the most of the beautiful weather this Memorial Day. But the true meaning of the holiday, was not lost on them.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club perform for the first time this summer.

In the crowd, watching his great-granddaughter Kayla, was 97-year-old George Schulz.

"Do I get a medal for being the oldest person here?" he joked.

George sat beside his wife Shirley. They've been married for 73 years.

"We had an argument the first day, and we're still trying to figure out who's going to win it!" George says.

George is one of the nearly 700,000 World War II veterans left in the United States. He was drafted in 1942.

"It was a big worry to wonder who's going to come out of it all right," Shirley says. "My dad was badly wounded in the first World War. I was seven when he died, so I knew what war was like. How unpleasant it was."

George rarely talks about his time in the service, only saying he saw too many young men get badly injured. He got emotional, describing how he prays for all military members before bed.

"Every night of my life, I say four Hail Mary's and one Our Father for all of them," he says.

His granddaughter Kayla knows how lucky she is to have him here.

"He's amazing," she says. "What he's done for our country, the things he's gone through. I'm extremely proud of him. Just to see him every chance I get is really a blessing for me."