Veterans remembered in Elkhorn; more area events planned
They also celebrated the rededication of a memorial containing names of the 2,800 who participated in the Civil War and the 184 who died in recent wars.
"For many, their road after military service has never been an easy one," said Chris Jordan, Walworth County's veterans service officer. "This is the least that we can do."
Veterans stood proudly in their uniforms, hands over their hearts, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Elkhorn High School musicians played anthems of the five branches of U.S. military service—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.
Flags flew at half-staff to honor the dead and wounded in last week's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
Elkhorn Mayor John Giese performed "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipes.
The Walworth County Board commissioned Navy veteran John Miller to refurbish the monument.
"I truly believe that the day we stop honoring our veterans is the day we start devaluing our freedoms—the very freedom many of us have fought for and others have died to preserve," said Miller, assistant superintendent for the county's Department of Public Works.
The monument now includes flags for the five branches of U.S. military, renewed plaques and signs designating the place as Veterans Park.
About 23 million veterans live in the U.S., including 427,000 in Wisconsin and about 8,000 in Walworth County.
Flags will continue to fly half-staff until Wednesday in Wisconsin.
In remembrance of the 13 killed and the 30 wounded in last week's shooting in Fort Hood, President Barack Obama ordered flags be kept at half-staff until sunset Tuesday. Gov. Jim Doyle ordered flags in Wisconsin stay at half-staff until sunset Wednesday.
"The memorial that's been built here is a rightful recognition of all those men and women who have served over time," said state Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn. "And not just here at the county level in Walworth County, but throughout the state and the country."
VETERANS DAY EVENTS
Beloit: Veterans will host a 10 a.m. ceremony at Grinnell Hall before retiring to the parking lot for an 11:11 a.m. ceremony. The outdoor portion of the program will be in the parking lot connecting the hall and the American Legion at 236 St. Lawrence Ave., Beloit. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Brodhead: Veterans will take part in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Albrecht Elementary School, 1400 21st St. The event will include Boy and Girl Scouts escorting veterans, speeches from veterans, wreath presentations, a slide show and a performance by the chorus. Veterans and their spouses are invited for coffee and doughnuts starting at 8:30 a.m. For questions, call David Novy, elementary principal at (608) 897-2146 ext. 300.
Janesville: Rock County Veterans Service Officer John Solis will be the guest speaker of the 10:30 a.m. ceremony that will honor all veterans at Traxler Park. The program also will include chaplain Al Funk, singer Brian Hansen, poetry by R.K. Mitby and the Janesville Patriotic Society color guard.
Members of the Associates of Rock River Chapter 236 Vietnam Veterans of America will host a 9:30 a.m. coffee and donuts hour in the Traxler Park Warming House, where a chili luncheon will begin around 11:30 a.m.
Orfordville: 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. Wednesday at Parkview High School, 106 W. Church St. The public is invited to attend.
Several Parkview students, including the Concert Choir, will take part in the program. Master of Ceremonies will be CPO Kurt Stuvengen, U.S. Navy Retired. The speaker will be Rep. Kim Hixson, D-Whitewater.
The Legion Firing Squad will give its three-volley salute following the program at the high school, at the Memorial Park and later at Kenneth Wells' gravesite in the nearby cemetery.
For questions, call Bobbe Stuvengen at (608) 879-2269.
Delavan: 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. Admission is $7, and the Keith Gennermann Band will play. Post and Auxiliary members and veterans who dress in uniform are free. The Legion also will honor the Harversters 4-H Club. Club members raised $600 for the Honor Flight program, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials.
American Legion Post 95 will hold Veterans Day programs at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Delavan-Darien High School gymnasium, 150 Cummings St., Delavan, and at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Phoenix Middle School gymnasium, 414 Beloit St., Delavan.
American Legion Post 95 will hold a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Tuesday in front of the Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan. Rifles will be fired and Taps will be played. A lunch will follow in the Legion Hall.
Fontana-Walworth: American Legion Post 102 will hold Veterans Day programs at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Walworth School auditorium, 121 Beloit St., Walworth, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Fontana School gymnasium, 450 S. Main St., Fontana. The program in Fontana will feature an interview with Matt Long, a Walworth resident serving in Iraq.
American Legion Post 102 will hold a Veterans Day program at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Golden Years Retirement Village, 270 Ridge Road, Walworth.
Genoa City: American Legion Post 183 will hold a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Brookwood Middle School gymnasium, 1020 Hunters Ridge Drive, Genoa City. Veterans and their families are invited to stay for refreshments after the program.
American Legion Post 183 will host a Veterans Day dinner Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Legion Hall, 114 Freeman St., Genoa City. Cocktails are from 5 to 7 p.m., and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. For reservation, call Commander Len Allen at (262) 245-9191.
Lake Geneva: Eastview Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the school gymnasium, 535 Sage St., Lake Geneva. Veterans are invited for breakfast at 8:45 a.m.
Lake Geneva Middle School will hold a Veterans Day program and concert at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the school gymnasium, 600 N. Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva. Students will serve lunch for veterans and their families at 11:15 a.m. Those interested in attending the luncheon should call (262) 348-3000.
American Legion Post 24 will fire a three-volley rifle salute at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Main and Broad streets in downtown Lake Geneva to commemorate the end of World War I.
Todd Weiler will host a book discussion on "The Silver Bracelet: Legacy of a B-17 Veteran" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva.
Sharon: American Legion Post 130 will be a part of the Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sharon Community School gymnasium and outside the school, 104 E. School St., Sharon.
Whitewater: UW-Whitewater student veterans will present firsthand accounts of their experiences from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Warhawk Involvement Center in the James R. Connor University Center.
UW-Whitewater will host a veterans benefits and resources fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center commons.
The UW-Whitewater ROTC will present a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Alumni Center.
Ben Collins, who served with the Green Berets in Afghanistan, will discuss his experiences from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Summers Auditorium in the University Center.
Williams Bay: VFW Post 2373 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Edgewater Park, Williams Bay.