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Forest City, Iowa — They’ve been through hell, so a little heat and humidity won’t slow the MIL-WITS.

They’re military veterans, owners of Winnebago and Itasca motor homes, and they’re having their usual big ol’ time this week at the 42nd-annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) grand national rally.

“We love it,” said Jack Fraker of Winter Haven, Fla., a retired Navy veteran who served as the first MIL-WITS president when the club’s charter was approved in 1991. “It’s the biggest and best special interest group in WIT.

The club held its national rally last week in Forest City — playing reveille at daybreak and taps in the evening using CDs and a P.A. system.

Members provided the color guard for the opening ceremony parade, the flag-raising and a military services event at the WIT Rally — and they’ll do the same for the closing ceremonies.

The club, which includes veterans from the U.S. and Canada, is celebrating its 20th WIT Rally. There are about 40 motor homes involved.

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Consider it a celebration of the RVing lifestyle.

Winnebago Industries of Forest City invited community members to help the company celebrate the 100th anniversary of the recreational vehicle industry on April 6.

“Winnebago has been a main employer for a number of years,” Winnebago chief executive officer Bob Olson said of the company’s presence in the region.

Olson said the company wanted to acknowledge that presence as well as the contributions made by founders John and Luise Hanson when it invited the community to Tuesday’s event which included tours of some of the company’s facilities.

Tuesday, visitors had a chance to learn more about how those Winnebagos and Itasca motor homes they see on the road are built.

“We are proud of our facility. We are proud of our people,” Olson said. “We are leading the industry in technology. We are by far the most technologically advanced facility in the industry bar none.”
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