Kaukauna boys’ volleyball team’s kind gesture on Veterans Day

The Kaukauna boys’ volleyball team is pictured before their trip to a state tournament in Milwaukee. (Photo: Kaukauna Area School District)
The Kaukauna boys’ volleyball team is pictured before their trip to a state tournament in Milwaukee. (Photo: Kaukauna Area School District)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – A Korean War veteran who is a regular customer at a Fond du Lac restaurant received a kind gesture from the entire Kaukauna boys’ volleyball team on Veterans Day.

The team stopped by around 11:30 a.m. Friday to eat at Schreiner’s Restaurant, 168 N. Pioneer Road, when they noticed Dutch Vindert wearing a shirt that said “Korean War Veteran” on it.

One by one, each member of the volleyball team went over to Vindert and shook his hand, thanking him for his service. It captured the attention of the entire restaurant.

“A lot of people noticed it and were very impressed with the young men,” said Karl Lange, a cashier at Schreiner’s. “The gentleman who was receiving the thanks was very impressed and very thankful these men were being so kind.”

Vindert is a long-time patron of the restaurant. He has been dining there for about 40 to 50 years, said Schreiner’s General Manager Nathan Haupt.

People at Schreiner’s describe the veteran as a kind, humble man who always has a smile on his face. There’s no doubt this gesture made that smile grow even larger.

“I guarantee it was a highlight for his day,” Haupt said. “Absolutely. He wouldn’t go out and seek the attention, but I’m sure the fact it was provided was quite the honor for him.”

The volleyball team ate at Schreiner’s before heading to a state tournament in Milwaukee. Kaukauna lost Friday against a team from New Berlin.

However, the boys are still winners to many in the community. A woman who saw their gesture posted on Facebook, saying it brought tears to her eyes.

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“For a generation that’s continuously put down and not spoken well of, it shows we have a lot of young millennials that do rise to the occasion,” Haupt said.