Veteran’s Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in four communities within the News-Shield circulation area.
Veteran’s organizations and – in many cases – area schools and Scouting groups will also participate.
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (the ancestor of the modern Veteran’s Day) on Nov. 11, 2018, when World War I came to a close “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in the year 1918.
Observed in the U.S. and other countries to commemorate the end of what was known as “The Great War,” Armistice Day was officially renamed Veteran’s Day by an act of Congress in October 1954.
• City of Barron
At Barron, a public ceremony is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Barron County Government Center.
The ceremony is typically attended by members of Brown-Selvig American Legion Post 212, VFW Post 8338 and AMVETS Post 888.
Scott Bachowski, veteran’s service officer for Barron County, said that in honor of the World War I centennial, the program will “reflect on the contributions of the 32nd Invantry Division in World War I, Barron County residents who lost their lives in World War I.
Plans for other ceremonies on Nov. 12 include:
• Barron Area School District
-- 8:20 a.m., Barron High School, immediately following a Veteran’s Breakfast, also at the school. The program will start with the National Anthem sung by the Show Choir and music by the Barron High School band.
-- 9 a.m., Woodland Elementary School, including an address by Jennifer Clemens, principal, and songs sung by students.
-- 10 a.m. -- Riverview Middle School, including remarks by Scott Stralka, principal, and music by the Grades 7-8 band and swing choir.
-- 10:30 a.m., Almena -- Members of VFW Post 8512, Almena, will hold a program at Almena Elementary School at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, including patriotic songs by the students, a guest speaker, presentation of the colors, a rifle salute, and (after the program) a dinner at Post 8512.
-- 2 p.m. -- Ridgeland-Dallas Elementary School. The program will include students at the school, members of Willard-Hinzman Legion Post 511, Ridgeland, and a color guard from the post.
Musical presentations and band under the direction of Haylee Lytle (instrumental) and our Jocelyn Dietsche (choral).
Members of the Pieper-Marsh Legion Post 194 and Women’s Auxiliary will participate at two programs at Cameron on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, the first at 8:45 a.m. at Cameron Elementary School, and the second (tentatively) at 9:30 a.m. at Cameron High School.
Middle school students will participate in the second program.
Post 194 Commander Cal Briggs will be guest speaker, and plans to talk about future veterans, and how one becomes a veteran. There will be instrumental and choral music, as well as Taps. Troop 52 Boy Scouts will present and retire the colors.
Briggs said the ceremony wouldn’t succeed without the help of the Auxiliary members, led by Crystal Hammeral.
“She’s been my right-hand person to help set this up,” he said.
• Prairie Farm
Members of the Holum-Waite Legion Post 259, will join students, staff and members of the community in a program at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Prairie Farm High School “big gym.”
According to Casey Fossum, principal, there will be speeches given by members of the student body and music performed by both the choir and band.