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Janesville to mark Veterans Day at Traxler Park

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
November 8, 2007

It’s appropriate Staff Sgt. Tim Allen will focus on a “Tribute to All Veterans Past and Present” on this Veterans Day.


He represents both.


The Janesville man joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1978 and served active duty from 1980-86.


After a 17-year break, he rejoined the military after 9/11.


Allen will be the featured speaker when Janesville marks the holiday, which commemorates the end of World War I and honors veterans and the Armed Forces, on Sunday. The Veterans Day program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Plaza in Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St.


Allen, who first served with the U.S. Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, is now his unit’s fuel systems section chief with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Janesville. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and holds an E-6 rank.


In his civilian life, Allen is a supervisor of small engine parts and repair for Blains Farm & Fleet.


Allen has received numerous medals, including the Army commendation, Iraqi campaign, global war on terrorism, National Defense Service, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Good Conduct plus overseas service and Army service ribbons.


Also participating in Sunday’s program, which will be emceed by Lamar Deuel Jr., vice commander of the local VFW and a Gulf War Vet, will be vocalist Brian Hanson. Bob Prueher, a sergeant during World War II who was awarded the Distinguish Service Cross for his actions in Okinawa, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.


Command Sgt. Major Don Becker, who is retired from the U.S. Army, will lead the Salute to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Pastor Tom Colgrove will serve as chaplain of the event while members of the Patriotic Society will make up the color guard and rifle squad.


Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Associates of the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Traxler Park Warming House.


A chili lunch, catered by the American Legion, will be served after the ceremony in the warming house.


Activities also are planned at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1621, at 1015 Center Ave. The 2:30 p.m. ceremony features speakers and a dedication ceremony.


Anne Wanke, of the Janesville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and Bunnie Deuel, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will deliver short speeches focusing on Veterans Day. Post Commander Lamar Deuel Sr. also will speak briefly before honoring three men: Bob Budd, who repainted the Post’s F9F Korean Fighter Plane; John Briggs, who loaned equipment for Budd to work on the plane; and Nicholas Cray, vice president and general manager of Rath Gibson that donated a new 35-foot aluminum flag pole valued at $1,000 to the post.


Area events

Veterans Day events in other Rock and Walworth county communities include:


Rock County

Albany: Area veterans will take part in an assembly from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Friday in the high school gym, 400 Fifth St. The event is open to the public.


Brodhead: About 40 veterans will take part in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at Albrecht Elementary School, 1400 21st St. The event will include wreath presentations, a slide show and a performance by the fifth grade chorus.


Clinton: The Clinton American Legion and VFW will hold their annual Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Saturday.


They will march down Allen Street to a short ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Allen and Milwaukee streets.


The public is welcome.


Evansville: The Evansville VFW Post 6905, 179 E. Main St., will have a steak feed from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The deadline has passed to get tickets, but the event is open to the public and will include music. For more information, call the VFW at (608) 882-2335.


Orfordville: The Kenneth S. Wells American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron 209 Orfordville, will have their traditional Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Parkview High School, 106 W. Church St., Orfordville. The public is invited to attend.


Students Tristin Nyman, Olivia Johnson, Levi Stuvengen and the Parkview Concert Choir will take part in the program. Master of Ceremonies will be CPO Kurt Stuvengen, USN Retired. Army Veteran Denise Rohan, American Legion State Historian, will be the speaker.


The Legion Firing Squad will give its volley salute after the program at Memorial Park and later at Kenneth Wells’ gravesite in the nearby cemetery.


For more information, call Bobbe Stuvengen at (608) 879-2269.


A presentation also will be held at 2:15 p.m. Friday at Newark Elementary School, 11247 Merlet Road, Beloit.


American Legion members will present a flag that was flown on a Middle East mission by Orfordville’s Jayson Dodge, an Army Major stationed in Hawaii.


The flag is a thank you gift to the students, who this spring gathered and sent more than 60 pounds of Nutter Butter Bars and Orbitz gum to Dodge, who was in Iraq and couldn’t get either of the candies.


Town of Turtle: The town of Turtle will host a small remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Turtle Community Center, 6916 S. County J, Shopiere.


Officials are searching for the oldest veteran in the town and hope to honor that person alongside other veterans Saturday.


Sandwiches and salads will be served from Annie’s Soda Shop and Café in Shopiere, thanks to an anonymous donation.


Walworth County

Darien: American Legion Post 450 will host a Veterans Day dinner today at the Legion Hall, 24 Market St., Darien. Cocktails are from 6 to 7 p.m., and the potluck dinner begins at 7 p.m.


Delavan:


-- American Legion Post 95 will hold Veterans Day programs at 9 a.m. Friday in the Delavan-Darien High School gymnasium, 150 Cummings St., and at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the Phoenix Middle School gymnasium, 414 Beloit St.


-- American Legion Post 95 will host a Veterans Day dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan. Each of the seven U.S. Armed Forces songs will be played to honor veterans and soldiers in service. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the music of the Paul Johnson Band. The cost is $7.


-- Detachment 1061 of the Marine Corps League will host an S.O.S. breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan.


-- American Legion Post 95 will hold a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Sunday in front of the Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan. Rifles will be fired and Taps will be played. A chili lunch will follow in the Legion Hall.


-- St. Andrew’s Parish School will hold a tribute to veterans at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium, 115 S. Seventh St., Delavan. Students will perform patriotic music and readings. A “Hall of Honor” also will be on display.


Fontana-Walworth: American Legion Post 102 will hold Veterans Day programs at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Fontana School gymnasium, 450 S. Main St., and at 9 a.m. Monday in the Walworth School auditorium, 121 Beloit St. The program in Walworth will include a tribute to the post’s namesake, Howard Koeppen, and a presentation of his medals and a flag to his family.


Lake Geneva:


-- VFW Como Post 5811 will hold a poppy drive Saturday at Pick ’n Save, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.


-- American Legion Post 24 will fire a “three volley” rifle salute at 11 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Main and Broad streets in downtown Lake Geneva to commemorate the end of World War I.


-- American Legion Post 24 will hold a Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Lake Geneva Middle School, 600 N. Bloomfield Road. Students will present a program recognizing veterans, and the eighth-grade class will serve lunch for the veterans after the program.


Sharon: American Legion Post 130 will hold a Veterans Day observance and flag burning at 2 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Sharon.



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