Communities plan Veterans Day events

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Times Herald Staff


A line of veterans enters the Oconto Falls High School auditorium to applause at the start of the 2017 Veterans Day program. (Times Herald file photo)

Veterans Day 2018 marks the centennial of the ending of The Great War, now known as World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Oconto County communities are among many across the nation marking this Veterans Day.

Oconto Falls

Oconto Falls High School plans to host area veterans and their spouses in its 64th annual Veterans Day observance Nov. 12.

“This is a time for us to pause and reflect upon the sacrifices of our nation’s military veterans, past and present,” Jake Beschta, high school principal, wrote in a memo to local veterans. “It is a time not only to recognize you with public ceremonies, but also to seek out, thank and learn from each of you who gave so much. The willingness of America’s veterans such as yourself to sacrifice for our country has earned you our lasting gratitude.”

As citizens, we have a responsibility to educate young people about the contributions veterans have made throughout the years, Beschta said.

“To help our students better understand the liberties that you helped fight for, I believe this is one small way to help say ‘Thank you’ for all our veterans have done,” he said.

A small reception starts at 8:40 a.m. Nov. 12 in the high school commons, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls, for veterans and their spouses, with the ceremony starting at 9 a.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.

Gillett

The Gillett Veterans Day program will again be hosted in the Secondary School Gymnasium, 208 W. Main St., beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The program is scheduled to last about one hour and will be followed by OJ's Pie for our veterans provided by the PTO.

Suring

The School District of Suring is inviting all veterans, friends and community members to attend a celebration of those who have served or are serving in the military.

The ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the high school gymnasium, 412 E. Algoma St. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Townsend

To celebrate Veterans Day 2018, Wabeno American Legions Auxiliary Unit 44 presents “God Bless America Again” on Saturday at the Townsend Town Hall with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is $8; doors open one hour prior to performances.

Informative and entertaining narration will accompany each musical number. Researched and written by Kathleen Marsh, the original narrative briefly details the various conflicts engaged in by America’s military, explaining how the carefully selected songs rallied both the troops and the homefront. Scott Wycherley is in charge of music for the program.

Each program features patriotic songs dating from the American Revolution to Operation Desert Storm. This is the first time such a program will be performed in this area, but Marsh and Wycherley teamed up in June 2016 to stage the Townsend Centennial Church Tent Revival, which got rave reviews from those in attendance.

Singing that afternoon and evening will be St. John Townsend’s God’s Guys and Gals — Wycherley, Elizabeth Couillard, Don Franzen, Kathy Jesinski, Marilyn Karow, Steve Mueller, Annette Neitzer, Cheryl Paulson, Vicki Pintsch, Dick Popp and Melody Stake. Soloists include Couillard, Franzen, Neitzer and Paulson, as well as Mary Ellen Keller, Pat Lowery and Faye Thielke.

Reserved seating is available for those with disabilities by calling 715-276-6515.