Veterans Day

Local school districts are preparing to honor and recognize local servicemen and women for the annual observance of Veterans Day Nov. 11, which falls this year on a Sunday. The day of observance marks a ceasefire officially ending the First World War a century ago.

Veterans Day programs will be held on either Friday, Nov. 9, or Monday, Nov. 12.


The Veterans Day program for Chequamegon School District will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in the high school gymnasium, and will begin with the presentation of colors by members of the American Legion, AMVETS, and Auxiliary members.

It will be followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, and the National Anthem, performed by the Madrigal Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Erdman.

A musical selection will then be performed by high school band, the Madrigal Singers, and third and fifth grade student groups.

Veteran and Park Falls mayor Dan Leitl will serve as the guest speaker. Select essays will be read by students, followed by a moment of silence, taps, and a parting song. There will then be a presentation of gifts to veterans, and the colors will be retired.

Veterans and their families are invited to join the National Honor Society for coffee and refreshments following the program in the high school commons area.


Fifth graders at Phillips Elementary will start off the school’s recognition of Veterans Day with a light breakfast of muffins, donuts, coffee and juice provided for the area’s veterans at 8:15 a.m.

The Veterans Day program will start at 9 a.m. in the elementary gymnasium.

Local band Reunited will perform three songs, and the St. John’s choir will sing America the Beautiful. Ted Harvey will serve as the guest speaker. Students will perform readings of essays and poems, and present artwork.

Following the indoor ceremony, a military helicopter from Fort Bragg will land on the Veteran's Memorial Field.

Following the elementary program, the middle/high school will honor veterans with a program at 10:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium.

There will be music by the choir, including the National Anthem, and a patriotic song.

Scott Wirth, retired history teacher, will give a brief presentation on WWI, as this year marks the centennial of its conclusion. Military artifacts will be shown and discussed by veteran Doug Rasmussen.

Following the presentation, there will be an official flag folding ceremony by the American Legion Post 122 Honor Guard Team and taps will be played.

Veterans and their families are invited to stay at the school for a free lunch in the commons following the programs.


Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the west gym of Prentice High School, the Veterans Day program will start with a patriotic selection of songs performed by both band and choir, followed by several readings from students.

A video presentation created by the media marketing class and high school student council will be shown, featuring students interviewing local veterans on their experience in the military.

Following the program, all veterans and their spouses will be invited to share a meal prepared by the family and consumer education classes and sponsored by the high school student council. Student council members will serve the veterans and visit with them throughout the meal.


At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, students of Butternut School District will have the chance to honor local veterans during the school's program, which begins with the entrance of the flag. It will be followed by a musical selection performed by the Butternut band and third and fourth grade classes under the direction of music teacher Jeffrey Wenz.

Butternut Legion Commander Jerry Wegner will place the P.O.W. flag, after which school superintendent Joe Zirngibl will read the introduction. Kindergarteners and first graders will recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by more music performed by the K-4th grade choir and band.

An honor roll call with the introduction of local veterans will be led by Jim Cermak, American Legion Post historian.

The Zyk Post 272 Legion Auxiliary will then present apples to the Butternut School staff, and the colors will be retired.

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