Area communities commemorate Veterans Day

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Communities in Rock, Walworth and Green counties have planned several events to remember veterans past and present in honor of Veterans Day, which is Saturday.

Janesville's main Veterans Day event will be at Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St.

The Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates, Rock River Chapter 236, will provide coffee and doughnuts in the park's warming house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. A ceremony will begin afterward, featuring a speech by Deputy Police Chief Jim Holford, flag folding honoring World War I veterans, a salute to the military's five branches, a rifle salute and taps.

New walkway lights for the park also will be unveiled.

A chili lunch will not be served this year.

The Moose Lodge, 2701 Rockport Road, will host a dinner and dance Saturday. The dinner runs from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Jack Farina Big Band will perform music for dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is $5 for veterans and $10 for everyone else.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1621, 1015 Center Ave., will provide free drinks and food for veterans starting around noon Saturday.

Here is a list of other known events:


The Albany High School civics class will host an assembly to honor veterans at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the high school, 400 Fifth St. The public is welcome to attend.


VetsRoll, VFW Post 2306 and the Marine Corps League will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Culver's,


A march from the senior center to the veterans monument will start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Veterans are invited to a lunch at 11:45 a.m. at the senior center, 508 Front St.

Clinton Elementary School, 301 East St., will offer a program at 2 p.m. Friday.


Lake Lawn Resort will host the Veterans Day Tribute Dinner & Big Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. In the Mood will perform big-band music during an evening reminiscent of USO days spent entertaining American troops. To make reservations, call 262-728-7950 or visit lakelawnresort.com.

Members of American Legion Post 95 will visit four schools Friday. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the American Legion will host a ceremony and luncheon at 111 S. Second St.


The Walworth County Historical Society will offer its annual Veterans Day program from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall, 103 E. Rockwell St., according to the society's Facebook page.

Two local organizations, the Daughters of the Union Veterans Civil War and the Daughters of the American Revolution, will honor veterans.

The keynote speaker, Ron Borowski, served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963 and is a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight volunteer. The honor flights take veterans to tour sites in Washington, D.C.

The program will end with the introduction of veterans and current military members. The veterans museum at the historical society will be open for tours, and refreshments will be served.

The Elkhorn Area School District also has events that are open to the public.

The high school will offer a program at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the gym, 482 E. Geneva St. Programs also will be offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at Tibbets Elementary School, W5218 County A, and at 1 p.m. Friday at West Side Elementary School, 222 Sunset Drive.

A choir concert will be performed from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson Elementary School, 13 N. Jackson St.


Evansville High School will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday in the high school gym, 640 S. Fifth St. The ceremony is billed as one of the largest in southern Wisconsin, and more than 2,000 students, veterans and residents are expected to attend.

Veterans can socialize from 8:15 a.m. until the time of the ceremony.

Gregg Peckham of Evansville is the featured speaker. Peckham is a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and served in the Army for 22 years.


The Lake Geneva Joint School District is hosting a Veterans Day service at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Lake Geneva Middle School, 208 E. South St. The event includes patriotic music performed by the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestras and bands and the posting of colors by the American Legion Post 24 color guard.

Veterans will be invited to pass a microphone and share their names and when and where they served. A lunch will be held afterward in the school cafeteria.

Also planned are a Veterans Day breakfast program at 9 a.m. Friday at Star Center Elementary School, 1380 W. Lake Geneva Highway, and an afternoon program at 2 p.m. Friday at Eastview Elementary School, 535 Sage St.


The Veterans Day ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Friday at the Milton Area Veterans Memorial, 440 Hilltop Drive. Mayor Anissa Welch will give a speech, and the Edgerton VFW will perform a 21-gun salute.

After the ceremony ends, The Gathering Place, 715 Campus St., will sponsor a free lunch for veterans and their spouses. The Blue Notes singing group will perform music, and Rock County Veterans Service Officer John Solis will give a speech.


Parkview High School will host a ceremony to honor veterans at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the gym, 408 W. Beloit St.

Students will read tributes to veterans who have made impacts on their lives, and the choir will perform. 

The ceremony is expected to last about an hour and is open to the public.


The Sharon Joint School District will offer a Veterans Day service at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the school gymnasium, 104 E. School St. The event includes student music performances and readings. Local veterans will perform ceremonial activities.


UW-Whitewater will host a series of events and services for Veterans Day, highlighted by a Veterans Day ceremony Friday and a veterans and military appreciation football game Saturday.

The Veterans Day ceremony will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Room of the University Center on campus. A moment of silence and words of dedication will be offered to honor the American soldiers killed in West Africa.

For more information about the ceremony, contact Richard Harris, UW-W coordinator of veterans, military service and family members, at HarrisR05@uww.edu or 608-718-6120.

A free lunch or dinner will be offered Friday at Drumlin and Esker halls.

On Saturday, each veteran will get two free tickets to see UW-W's football team play UW-Eau Claire. Tickets can be picked up at will call. The game begins at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.


VFW Post 2373 will hold a small ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Edgewater Park along East Geneva Street.

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