Veterans Day event schedule
Area communities are hosting programs this week to honor the service of veterans:
Beloit: The public is invited to join the Veteran’s Day celebration at 9 a.m. Friday in the main dining room of Grinnell Hall, 631 Bluff St. Veterans and their spouses are invited for a free 11:30 a.m. lunch. Call (608) 364-2875 for reservations.
Brodhead: Veterans will take part in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Albrecht Elementary School, 1400 21st St. The Rock and Green County sheriff’s office honor guards will escort veterans into the ceremony. Veterans and spouses are invited for coffee and doughnuts starting at 8:30 a.m. For questions, call (608) 897-2146, Ext. 300.
Evansville: Evansville High School, 640 S. 5th St., will host a Veterans Day program Friday. A breakfast for veterans will be at 8:30 a.m., followed by an assembly for high school students at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. The public is welcome. For more information, call (608) 882-4600.
Janesville: Janesville City Manager Eric Levitt will be guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Veterans Day program Friday organized by Janesville Patriotic Society at Veterans Plaza, Traxler Park.
The program will include past State American Legion chaplain Al Funk, the national anthem and another song, a salute to U.S. military services branches, the Pledge of Allegiance, Janesville Patriotic Society color guard, a YMCA’s Month of the Military Family program presentation, the reading the names of Rock County Vietnam Vets killed in action, recognition of Purple Heart recipients, a moment of silence, a rifle salute to veterans and taps.
Obituaries of Rock County Vietnam veterans killed in action, in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, will be on display in the Traxler Park Warming House.
Members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 236 will host a coffee and donuts social from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Traxler Park Warming House, where the American Legion Post 205 Auxiliary will host an 11:30 a.m. chili lunch.
Those wishing to sit during the ceremony are reminded to bring lawn chairs.
Orfordville: Kenneth S. Wells American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron 209 Orfordville, will have their traditional Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Parkview High School, 106 W. Church St. The public is invited.
Several Parkview students, including the concert choir, will take part. Master of ceremonies will be Post Commander Dave Abrahamson. Guest speaker will be Mark Finnegan, who with his brother John runs the non-profit VetsRoll organization.
The Legion Firing Squad will give a three-volley salute at Memorial Park following the program at the high school and later at Kenneth Wells’ gravesite in the nearby cemetery.
To learn more, call (608) 751-2949.
Darien: Veterans and enlisted service members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be honored during 8:35 a.m. ceremonies Friday at Darien School Elementary School, 125 S. Walworth St.
Also, members of the Darien Legion and Auxiliary will hold a Veterans Day potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion Hall, 24 Market St.,
Delavan: Phoenix Middle School, 414 S. Beloit St., is presenting a “Salute to Veterans” program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Veterans and enlisted service members of the U.S. Armed Forces also will be honored Friday at ceremonies at Delavan-area schools. Enlisted personnel and veterans from the area and the public are invited. The ceremony schedule is: 8:45 a.m. Delavan-Darien High School main gym, 150 Cumming St.; 9:50 a.m., Phoenix Middle School gym, 414 Beloit St.; 10:40 a.m. Wileman Elementary School, 101 Geneva St.; 1:30 p.m. Turtle Creek Elementary School gym, 2325 Creek Road.
Elkhorn: The local VFW will hold a memorial service at the town square at 11 a.m. Friday. There will be no speaker this year, and the ceremony is expected to last about five minutes, according to the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce.
Whitewater: The public is invited to attend the “National Roll Call,” where representatives from UW-Whitewater and the community will read the names of all U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The event will take place at UW-Whitewater at the University Center. It will start at 8 a.m. Friday and is expected to conclude between 2 and 3 p.m. Volunteers will pause at 1 p.m. for a moment of silence. An art gallery reception will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Fiskum Art Gallery in the University Center. The show features images of fallen service members shrouded in white glazed boxes.
UW-Whitewater is hosting several events all week honoring veterans. A schedule can be found online at uww.edu.