List of area events, offers on Veterans Day

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Here’s a list of some of the area programs offered for Veterans Day. For more information on these programs tune in tonight on WEAU.

-Eau Claire Veterans Day BBQ
Where: 2515 Prospect Drive, Eau Claire
When: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Who: Open to public
What: Free BBQ, but “free will donation will be encouraged to support the Chippewa Falls VAP and Trinity Equestrian Center helping returning soldiers deal with PTSD.

-School District of Colfax is hosting a Veterans Day program
Where: Colfax High School gymnasium
When: 10 a.m.
Who: all Veterans and public encouraged to attend
What: The UW Stout ROTC Color Guard will present the colors, our elementary students will sing patriotic songs, share Veteran themed readings and the Middle School and High School bands and choir will perform as well.

-Regis High School Veterans Day program
Where: Regis High School (2100 Fenwick Avenue, Eau Claire)
9:15 a.m. - Catholic Mass | Father Dowd Auditorium, Regis High School
10:10 a.m. - Veterans Day Program | Regis High School Gym
11 a.m. - Laying of Ceremonial Wreath & 21 Gun Salute
What: The program will include a Catholic Mass, student speakers and music in honor of our nation's veterans, in addition to the laying of a ceremonial wreath and a 21 gun salute outside the school.

-UW-Eau Claire Veterans Day appreciation meal
Where: UW-EC Schofield 20
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Who: Campus Veterans
What: Campus veterans will enjoy a will enjoy a complimentary meal

The Eau Claire School District has a lot planed. Here’s what kids are doing today:
Each school in the Eau Claire Area School District will hold a Veterans Day Program on
November 11th. Descriptions of these programs can be found below:
Memorial High
Memorial will have short readings on the relevance of the day, play taps and list those staff
members that have served in the military. Student Council members will lead this with support
from their advisor and administration.

North High
(The following will be read over the PA system at 11am…)
Good morning everyone! We ask for your attention during our short program to honor all
veterans on this Veterans Day.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary
cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World
War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following
year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the
aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday
dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Today we pause to reflect on and honor the sacrifices of the many men and women who have
served our country in any branch of the military.
To all Veterans here in our building - to our students currently serving - and to all students and
staff who have family members serving in the military - we extend our heartfelt thanks.
We will now observe a moment of silence during the playing of "taps" to reflect on the sacrifices
given on our behalf by those who have and continue to serve our country.
(Following taps)… Thank you - Your teacher will now play a short History Channel documentary
of Veterans Day.

DeLong Middle

DeLong Middle School's ceremony is from 1:45-2:45 p.m. in the auditorium and is open to all.
They will feature several student speakers, the band and choir will perform and two Veterans
Quilts will be presented: One to State Rep Dana Wachs and one to State Rep Warren Petryk.
Northstar Middle
Northstar Middle School will recognize Veterans Day with a morning program as part of the daily
announcements. New this year will be a "Salute Our Troops" bulletin board in the commons
where teachers and students can honor veterans and military personnel who are friends and

South Middle

South Middle School eighth grade students will gather for an assembly and hear from a
community veteran, Steve Zencka, at 10 a.m. The seventh grade band will play a host of
patriotic selections for the event. The program will conclude with a reception for community
members that attend.


Sam Davey will have a Veterans Day Celebration at 9:00 a.m. Speakers this year will be from
the Hmong community and Davey will be highlighting Hmong Veterans. Board member, Chue
Xiong, will be one of the honored speakers.


On November 11th at 11:11 a.m. Flynn Principal Adam Keeton will provide the entire school a
brief speech over the PA system about Veterans Day and play Taps. At 2:50 p.m. students will
be dismissed from their classes and will attend an All School Meeting. Guests that serve or
have served in the military will be recognized. Principal Keeton will read their biographies and
thank them for their service. Each grade level will sing a military service-based song. Family
that have special military guests will be welcome to attend a social in the library at the end of the


Lakeshore's Veterans Day Program will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the South Gym. Again this year
Lakeshore will have a Military Wall of Honor Tribute on the art gallery wall in the front lobby of
the school. Lakeshore families, staff and neighbors are asked to bring a picture of relatives
(present and past) that can be included on the wall. They are asked to write a brief description
(i.e. branch of service, years served, and where served) that can be put with the
picture. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to attend the program to remember and
honor those veterans. Veterans enter the gym with the Cub Scout Honor Guard and are seated
in a special area of the gym. Patriotic songs and readings will be performed by fifth grade
students. Taps will be played by either high school or college students again this year. Thank
you cards are made by students and given to every Veteran who attends. The program is an
opportunity to teach students how important veterans are to our nation and the role they have
played in protecting our many freedoms in America. The program lasts about 30 minutes.

Locust Lane

Locust Lane will be observing Veterans Day from 2:20-2:50 p.m. in the Gymnasium. During this
time there will be an organized program were the Girl and Boy Scouts walk in the American flag,
students sing patriotic songs, the principal talks about the meaning of Veterans Day, a Veteran
comes to speak to the students, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, a moment of silence is
observed and is followed by taps being played. Staff and students are encouraged to wear red,
white, or blue and the Girl/Boy Scouts to wear their uniforms in honor of all Veterans on this
day. A letter was sent out asking parents/Veterans and family members to join the program.


Longfellow will hold a Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium and will feature
singing patriotic sons, student performances and a 21 Gun Salute.


Manz does an all school announcement explaining the importance and significance of this day
and then teachers follow up in their classroom with developmentally appropriate information or


Meadowview will have a Veterans Day Program at 9 a.m. During the program veterans of
Meadowview families will be honored. Some of the veterans are able to attend the program and
some will be honored through a photos slide show. Meadowview Boy Scouts will present the
flags, all students will sing patriotic songs that represent the five military branches, and a brief
history of Veterans Day will be given. The program will close with a moment of silence and
playing of Taps. Veterans are invited to stay for a treat and then speak in classrooms.


Montessori plans to honor veterans at the classroom level. The teachers will talk about the
meaning of Veterans Day and recognize student family members who are Veterans.


Northwoods will have a reception for veterans at 1:30 p.m. followed by an assembly at 2 p.m.
They will honor veterans and service members, sing patriotic songs, have special speakers and
observe a moment of silence. In addition, there will be special recognition to Military Kids -
those students who have a family members currently serving in the military. Northwoods
students will be kicking off a fund raiser to send one or more veterans to Washington, D.C. for
the Freedom Flight.

Putnam Heights

Putnam Height's Veterans Day celebration takes place at 10:30 a.m. and ends as close to 11:11
a.m. as possible with a moment of silence. A reception for veterans and their families will take
place after the event.


Every year for Veterans Day, Robbins honors those brave men and women who have served in
the United States Armed Forces. For 2015-16, we have three exciting events:
1. We are offering students an opportunity to invite a veteran to lunch on November 11,
2015. Every veteran will be provided with a free meal compliments of the PTO. The
Robbins' Commons will be decorated and patriotic music will be playing in the background!
2. We will also be sending "surprise" post cards to veterans thanking them for their service.
3. In addition, we will be creating a Robbins' Honor Wall to thank veterans.


Roosevelt has invited veterans to come read to K-2 students and talk to students in grades 3-5
and the Veterans Day Program will be held from 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. There will be music, a "Thank
You Veterans Slide Show & Armed Services Medley," and there will be an honored speaker.


Sherman's program will be held at 1:30 p.m. Students will be singing a few patriotic songs, two
local community members will be speaking and the local VFW will be acknowledging awards for
a Veterans Day Piece of Work contest (writing project & poster contest). The local Boy Scout
troop will be presenting the colors.

A message from the Eau Claire Patriotic Council:
The EC Patriotic Council values the partnerships we have created with the school systems in
Eau Claire County. This partnership dates back 40+ years. The EC Patriotic Council, in its
work with the schools, provides basic guidance and support in preparation for Veterans Day
events and programs. It is up to the local planning team to determine what will be in the
program, and we support the decision of the planning team and the school.
The EC Patriotic Council is a civic organization charged with planning the Eau Claire Memorial
Day parade and program and to support the local schools in their preparations and plans for
Veterans Day.

Here’s what the Sparta School district is doing: Students and staff in the Sparta Area School District will honor Veterans Nov. 10 and 11, with Veterans Day programs in the schools.

"Veterans Day observances remain an important tradition in Sparta Schools and another way to teach valuable lessons in history and citizenship. We invite the public to come and witness any of these programs," Superintendent John Hendricks said.

Veterans, active military personnel, families and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the following assemblies:

Sparta High School
Sparta High School will celebrate Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 9:15 a.m. in the Alton Ask Gymnasium. Sparta High School students will have instrumental and choral selections to honor our veterans and those who are currently serving in the armed forces. Master Sergeant Ken M. Busko will be giving the keynote address, and the colors will be presented by Sparta's VFW. Sparta High School will be on a Grad Group Schedule this day and the program will conclude at approximately 9:50 a.m.

Meadowview Middle School
Meadowview Middle School's Veterans Day Program will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. The program will feature music by the eighth grade band and choir. The choir will perform "I Dream a World," and the band will perform the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Armed Forces on Parade." The program will also include a speech by Captain Randall S. Sumbles from Fort McCoy. All parents and community members are invited to attend.

Meadowview Intermediate School
The Meadowview Intermediate School Veterans Day Program will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Boy and Girl Scouts will post the colors and the MVI choir and students will sing songs. The program will also include a speaker from Fort McCoy and student speakers.

Lakeview Montessori
Lakeview Montessori School invites all veterans and families to its Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 11. We ask that guests arrive at 8 a.m. in the gym as the program will begin at 8:15 a.m. The program will include special artwork, poetry, and songs honoring veterans. Veterans who attend will be honored and are invited into the classrooms after the assembly to share their stories and experiences.

Maplewood Elementary
Maplewood Elementary School invites all veterans and families to its Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The program will begin at 10:45 a.m. in the gym with songs, poems, and letters honoring veterans.

Lawrence-Lawson Elementary
Lawrence-Lawson Elementary will have its annual Veterans Day program at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 11. The assembly will feature songs, poems, and letters honoring veterans.

Cataract Elementary
Cataract School will be celebrate Veterans Day at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11. Veterans from the community have been sent invitations for the event. The students have been practicing songs with Mrs. Bright to share and a story will be read. A high school student is coming to play taps and the the veterans will be acknowledged. After the program, everyone can stay for coffee donated by the PTO and cake donated by Judy Herr.

Southside Elementary
The Southside Veterans Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11, in the school gymnasium. Students will present songs and poetry and Veterans will be recognized.

Students throughout the School District of La Crosse will honor our veterans at a variety of events at various district schools:
Some schools will have a moment of silence others will be hosting assemblies that include presentation of colors, musical performances, and discussions with area veterans.
"Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to take time and thank the men and women who have given so much for our freedom and continued safety," said Superintendent of Schools Randy Nelson. "It is my hope that the events and conversations we have in our schools remind our students that we should thank our veterans each and every day of the year."

Southern Bluffs Elementary - 9:30 a.m.
The school's 18th annual Veterans Day event will include the raising of the flag and musical performances by the school's 4th and 5th graders. An evening performance will also be held at the school at 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Middle School, SOTA II, and Coulee Montessori - 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Day assembly sponsored by the student council will include presentation of colors and a Veterans Day program that will honor, acknowledge, and pay tribute to Native American veterans.

Spence Elementary - 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Day celebration that will include presentation of colors, a presidential proclamation, honoring of veterans, and musical performances.
North Woods International School - 2:15 p.m.
The school's celebration will include musical performances by students and a presentation of handmade cards and gifts to the veterans from the students. Students in 4th and 5th grade will also sing at the UW-La Crosse Veterans Day breakfast at 9:30 a.m.