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Area communities plan Veterans Day events

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Gazette staff
November 6, 2013

Area communities are hosting programs to honor the service of veterans:

ROCK COUNTY

Beloit: Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Grinnell Hall Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit.

Mark Finnegan and Bob Hopper will be speaking, and the ROTC will be posting the colors. Grinnell's singing group, the Goldenaires, will sing patriotic songs.

Clinton: A Veterans Day assembly will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Clinton Elementary School, 301 East St., Clinton.

The event will include poems, readings and songs about Veterans Day.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, students will read the Gettysburg Address with the background of a Civil War song.

Vets Roll volunteer Judy Kutz will speak, and the local American Legion and VFW posts will present the colors.

Evansville: Evansville High School, 640 S. 5th St., will host a community Veterans Day program including kindergarten through 12th-grade students at 9 a.m. Monday.

A coffee and doughnut social will follow for all veterans and community members. The public is welcome, and valet parking is included.

Janesville:

-- Janesville Elks Club 254 will serve its annual Veterans Day Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

-- The unveiling and dedication of the Gold Star Mother and Purple Heart monuments will highlight this year's Veterans Day ceremony Monday in Janesville.

Activities will start with a social time at 9 a.m. when coffee, tea, juice, donuts and sweet rolls, provided by the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America Rock River Chapter 236, will be served in the Traxler Park Warming House.

The Veterans Day program will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Plaza Walkway in Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St. After the posting of colors, invocation, singing of the National Anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, veterans of all wars and conflicts will be recognized with music and flag placement on the battlefield crosses.

Those who donated time and materials to making these new monuments a reality will be acknowledged.

The program will end with a moment of silence rifle salute and Taps at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month with concluding comments and retiring of the colors.

An 11:30 a.m. chili luncheon, prepared and provided by American Legion Post 205 and its Auxiliary, will be served in the Warming House.

Orfordville: The public is welcome to attend the American Legion Post 209 Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Parkview High School, 106 W. Church St., Orfordville.

The program will include the presentation of colors by Post 209, the Parkview choir and two student speakers. A firing squad tribute and retirement of colors will end the program.

WALWORTH COUNTY

Delavan: Local veterans will be doing presentations at local schools Monday.

At 8 a.m., veterans will be at Phoenix Middle School, 414 Beloit St., Delavan. An active member of the military will speak, and “Taps” will be played. A color guard will be present, and children will learn about Veterans Day.

At 9:30 a.m., the group will present the colors at Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan. The high school band will play, and an active member of the military will speak.

Then, the group will move to the American Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan, for a ceremony and a luncheon at the hall.

Elkhorn: Tibbets Elementary School students and choir will present Veterans Day projects at an appreciation program at 9 a.m. Monday. Veterans, American Legion Post 45 and VFW members will also be at the school program, W5218 County A, Elkhorn.

Walworth: Walworth Middle/Elementary School, 121 Beloit St., will have a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Monday. American Legion Post 102 will perform a gun salute and present the colors.

A veterans appreciation open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Exemplar Financial Network, 630 Kenosha St.



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