Schools in the region set Veterans Day plans

Many area schools and community groups have combined efforts to mark Veterans Day on Monday, with some also inviting veterans to come share breakfast or lunch.

Some of the area observances are:


KINGSFORD — A Veterans Day program honoring military veterans and auxiliary members will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at the Kingsford High/Middle School.

It will begin with the presentation of colors by the Kingsford American Legion Carpenter Clash Post 363 and the Sons of the American Legion color guard. High School Principal David Holmes will emcee the program, with Middle School Principal Mary Carlson providing the welcome.

Guest speaker will be Hans Wienke, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1982 to 2003 and reached the rank of first sergeant. Wienke was a member of the 334th Regiment of the 84th Division (Railsplitters) in Kewaunee, Wis. He graduated from drill sergeant school in 1986 and carried out basic training and ROTC missions at Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Benning, Ga.; and Fort McCoy, Wis. In 1992, Wienke was selected as the 84th Division Drill Sergeant of the Year. In 2000, he was promoted to master sergeant and then became the first sergeant of his company in Oshkosh, Wis., and retired from service in 2003 in Neenah, Wis.

In civilian life, Wienke taught mathematics at Kingsford High School beginning in 1992 and retiring in 2017. His three sons all are Kingsford High School graduates.

A social will be offered afterwards in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria.


IRON MOUNTAIN — Veterans will be served lunch at 1 p.m. Monday in the Izzo Commons area before the Iron Mountain School District program begins at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


NORWAY — The Norway-Vulcan Area Schools’ Veterans Day program that starts at 11 a.m. will feature as guest speaker SFC Michael Cherette, a 1999 NHS graduate who retired from the U.S. Army this past summer and resides in the area with his family.

Retired teacher Dennis Lynch will be the master of ceremonies at the observance, which also will include the technology class’s video salute to veterans.

The public is invited to attend this event in the school’s performing arts center.


POWERS — The North Central High School/Middle School will have its program at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.


FELCH TOWNSHIP — A Veterans Day program will start at 1:30 p.m. Monday with veterans who contacted the school before Friday sharing a lunch of turkey in gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad with the elementary students. After the program, all veterans and their families are invited to stay for cake and coffee.


IRON RIVER — The West Iron County High School student council will host a breakfast for veterans at 9 a.m., with the program at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven Pietila, an Iron River resident who has 25 years of duty, 20 as active duty.


NIAGARA, Wis. — The annual Veterans Day program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Niagara High School gymnasium. The Cretton/Tutas American Legion Post No. 136 color guard will present the colors, along with the Women’s Auxiliary. Emcee will be Evan Bruemmer. Guest speaker will be Mike Lequia. The public is welcome to attend.


CRYSTAL FALLS — The East Side Veterans Council will have a Veterans Day program starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Eddie Chambers Gymnasium at Forest Park High School. Chris Sholander will be master of ceremonies. Guest speaker will be David Grant, plant director at Connor Sport Flooring in Amasa. Other activities will include the East Side Veterans Council presenting the colors, with two members assisting in folding of the flag and one playing “Taps”. The East Side Veterans Council also will visit the Iron County Medical Facility at 2 p.m. to honor veterans there.


CRIVITZ, Wis — Lt. Col. Max Brosig of the Wisconsin National Guard will be guest speaker for the Veterans Day program that starts at 10 a.m. Monday in the Crivitz High School gym, Commander Mark Crowley of the Crivitz American Legion Netzel-Zenz Post 413 announced.

Brosig has been a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for more than 20 years, with deployments to Ecuador, Peru, Egypt, Kosovo and Iraq. He now is provost marshal for the Wisconsin National Guard and deputy brigade commander of the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Milwaukee.

The Crivitz Legion Post 413 and VFW Post 2063 will present and retire the colors.

All veterans, their spouses, Auxiliary members and the public are asked to meet in the high school cafeteria at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and cookies before the program. Veterans are encouraged to wear Legion or VFW caps.

Afterwards, veterans and others can enjoy free chili and treats at the Legion clubhouse, 251 N. U.S. 141 in Crivitz. For more information, contact Crowley at 715-938-4935.


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