Several Veterans Day programs are scheduled in coming days to remember all the men and women who have served our country.
Many of the programs are scheduled at area schools, along with city parks in some municipalities.
The Remembering Our Fallen-Wisconsin Memorial will be in Watertown for a week, starting Saturday. It a photographic war memorial that honors Wisconsin’s military fallen from The War on Terror from Sept. 11, 2001 to the present. Unlike brick and mortar memorials, Remembering Our Fallen-Wisconsin is designed to travel and includes both military and personal photos.
The memorial will be unveiled Saturday during a special Veterans Day ceremony being held at the Watertown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3709, N9775 High Road, Watertown. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last for about an hour.
After the ceremony, the memorial will be moved to the Watertown Public Library, where it will be on public display until Nov. 15.
Hero’s Cafe, in partnership with Highgrounds Memorial Park and the City of Waterown Tourism, is sponsoring the memorial visit.
Parade and ceremony
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held Monday in Veterans Memorial Park, located in the 600 block of South Third and South Fourth streets.
The activities will begin with a parade on East Main Street. Veterans able and willing to march can meet in the parking lot of the Heritage Inn, 700 E. Main St. by 10:30 a.m. A parade will then commence from the parking lot at about 10:40 a.m. and proceed down Main to Third Street, then head south on Third to Veterans Memorial Park, where the ceremony will be held.
Addressing the assembly will be Ron Krueger, commander of the American Legion Post 189, and Mary Petrie, president of the local American Legion Auxiliary.
New veteran pavers in the park will be dedicated during the ceremony.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Turner Hall.
Following the ceremony, veterans and their spouses are invited to a light lunch at the American Legion Hall, 206 S. First St.
On Tuesday, the Watertown Elks Lodge is holding its eighth annual Veterans Day complimentary soup and sandwich luncheon. Sign-up was held this week. The lodge opens at 11 a.m. and lunch served at noon. Entertainment will follow.
Schurz Elementary School will host a Veterans Day program Monday, beginning with doughnuts and coffee at 7:30 a.m. followed by an assembly in the gym at 8:10 a.m. The public is invited.
The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and FFA at Watertown High School are hosting a Veterans Day Dinner on Wednesday. The free dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. is for active military veterans and their families. It is in appreciation for the bravery and selflessness of the veterans.
Riverside Middle School held a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. today followed by a program.
Hustisford American Legion Post 420 plans to visit Saylesville School at 10:30 a.m. Monday. This year’s theme for Veterans Day is flag etiquette, according to legion Commander Randy Nehls.
The American Legion Post will continue on to Neosho School at 12:45 a.m. Monday and on to Hustisford High School for a similar program at 2 p.m. The middle and high school bands will perform military songs and the choir will sing.
The elementary school students will lead the assembly in the Pledge of Alliance, according to Superintendent Heather Cramer.
Community member and bus driver Al Van Dyke will read an essay about the flag, Cramer said.
Nehls and Warren Retzlaff will fold an American flag with Jan Phillips explaining the meaning behind the folds.
The ceremony will conclude with the sounding of taps, the superintendent said. The public is invited.
The Jefferson American Legion and VFW honor guard will conduct a salute at 11 a.m. Monday near the statue on the northeast corner of the Jefferson County courthouse grounds. They will then move to Alden Estates Senior Living Center for a similar ceremony at 11:15 a.m. The former soldiers will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at Jefferson Middle School at 2 p.m.
The Schlesner-Burri American Legion Post 305 will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony Monday at the Johnson Creek Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. All area veterans are invited. Following the ceremony, the rifle squad will issue a volley of shots in the parking lot with taps to follow.
The post will hold a Veterans Day dinner Saturday night at the legion hall. After the dinner, there will be a brief history about Veterans Day, introduction of post officers, members and special guest. Reservations were required.
In the City of Juneau, American Legion Post 15 wll hold a program at Clearview Nursing and Rehabilitation at 10 a.m. Monday. The legion will move on to the Juneau Area Veterans Memorial by the Juneau Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and at St. John’s Lutheran School at 11 a.m.
Dodgeland High School held a brunch for all area veterans from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today. A program followed in the gymnasium.
A couple of students were selected to rad poems they had written for Veterans Day. The high school student council planned the activities.
Veterans in the Lake Mills area are invited to the Lake Mills Middle School for a program at 8:15 a.m. Monday with a special presentation by Mary Mess. At 9 a.m., veterans are invited to Lake Mills High School for snacks from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and a program from 9:30 to 10 a.m. The program will be lead by the National Honor Society.
Club 55 Senior Center will offer coffee and conversation from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ Church with brunch at 11 a.m.
The Waterloo High School Patriot’s Club has organized Veterans Day activities at the school for Monday. The activities start at 11 a.m. All veterans are invited. Despite construction, participants can park in the high school lot and enter the building near the gymnasium.
Patriot Club members will carry flags and escort the veterans into the gymnasium. The veterans are introduced during the program.
The guest speaker will be Sgt. Jessica Astel, a native of Jefferson who is part of the 32nd military police company.
The high school band and choir will perform.
The activities are open to the public.