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River Falls honors Veterans Day

Meyer Middle School held its fifth annual Veterans Day presentation this year, featuring the American Legion Honor Guard, the middle school band and choir, student speeches and a keynote speaker. 1 / 9
Students and Sue Schwarts and Cece Gillis's high school "connections" class hosted a free lunch for Veterans and their families Monday, Nov. 11. Shown, students serve food to veterans and their families.2 / 9
World War II veteran Emerson Tetzlaff is shown with his wife at the West Wind Supper Club. The restaurant held a special meal for Veterans Monday, Nov. 11, in celebration of Veterans Day.3 / 9
World War II veteran Jerry Lapitz is pictured at the West Wind Supper Club's Veterans Day lunch4 / 9
World War II veteran Ken Johnson is shown at the West Wind Supper Club's Veterans Day lunch.5 / 9
The River Falls American Legion Post 121 Honor Guard prepares to fire three rifle volleys Monday, Nov. 11, at Rocky Branch. The salute is part of the Legion's Veterans Day ceremony, put on annually at the River Falls schools. This year the Honor Guard visited Rocky Branch, Westside, Greenwood Cemetery (Greenwood Elementary students attended), St. Bridget Parish School, Meyer Middle School, the high school, the Academy building and UW-River Falls.6 / 9
Children at Rocky Branch Elementary covered their ears to muffle the sounds of the Honor Guard's three rifle volley salute this Veterans Day. The kids and their teachers also participated in the ceremony, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.7 / 9
Rocky Branch students and staff watch the Legion Honor Guard finish the Veterans Day ceremony.8 / 9
Students Colin Johnson, Zach Speckman, high school principal Kit Luedtke and student Dustin Dagget get ready to serve food to veterans and their families at the high school "Connections" class's third annual Veterans Day luncheon. The "Connections" students served a free luncheon to area veterans and their families Monday. Nov. 11. Luedtke and assistant principal Nic Been helped serve food and helped with dishes. 9 / 9

From ceremonies at the local schools to a free lunch held for veterans and their families at the American Legion Hall, 701 N. Main St., there were many ways River Falls citizens celebrated Veterans Day this year. 

Two of the largest celebrations include Meyer Middle school's fifth annual Veterans Day program and the high school "connections" class' free lunch for veterans and their families.

MMS hosted the program for a gymnasium full of veterans, families and students. The program featured student speakers Kelsey Schneider, sixth grade; Calla Dexheimer, seventh grade; and Elisabeth Oberlin, eighth grade. Lt. Col. Timomthy Lawrence, a T-38 Instructor Pilot at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. He will soon retire from the military and move to River Falls.

The high school "connections" class, which combines special education and regular education students in the same classroom, held the free lunch at the Legion Hall. The students, with help from teachers Sue Schwartz and Cece Gillis, served the meal and greeted veterans and their families. Schwartz said adult volunteers also helped cook the food. High School Principal Kit Luedtke and Assistant Principal Nic Been were also on hand to help serve with the students and to help with the dishes.

Schwartz said many community restaurants and businesses donated to support the luncheon.

For more pictures, please see the Nov. 14 print edition of the River Falls Journal. 

Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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