Western Wisconsin celebrates Veterans Day

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is a day that can be marked with songs, speeches and of course plenty of gratitude.

No matter where you were in the Chippewa Valley on Monday, you were likely not far away from a Veterans Day celebration.

At the Immaculate Conception School, they marked the day down to the minute focusing on the importance of the 11th.

The ceremony was held at 11:00 a.m. It was November 11, 1918 when hostilities in World War I came to an end.

In the Eleva-Strum district, the high school band and choir brought Veterans Day to life through music.

And at Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire, students have been busy the last few weeks memorizing songs and making thank you cards for our service men and women.

There was plenty of music out of school, too. State Representative Warren Petryk led a group in song at Minnesota Wire this afternoon. He and Congressman Ron Kind spoke at a barbeque lunch there.

And in La Crosse, UW-L Athletics and the Freedom Honor Flight held a breakfast on campus for Veterans and their spouses.

A full day of celebrations across Western Wisconsin marked with gratitude on both sides.

"It means a lot. It really means a lot to me and my family, all of my brothers and sisters, it means a real lot," said Carl Deml, an Army Veteran from West Salem.

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