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School pays tribute to veterans

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

A slide show of family members in the military, original speeches by students, patriotic music and a guest speaker will be among the highlights when Meyer Middle School celebrates Veterans Day.

Citizens are invited to the program that begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the gym of Meyer Middle School, 230 N. Ninth St.

"The event last year was probably my most memorable experience of the entire school year," said Acting Principal Mark Chapin. "The music and speeches were very moving.

Many of the school's 635 students have been involved in planning and rehearsing for the event.

As people enter the gym, the program will begin with a picture slide show of family members who have or are serving in the military, said Chapin. The photos will be of veterans who served from World War II to the present.

A major part of the program will be original speeches written by three students -- a sixth-grader, a seventh-grader and an eighth-grader. The student speakers auditioned and were selected by their teachers.

Tom Caflisch, a veteran and an active member of the local American Legion, will be the guest speaker.

The school's choirs and the eighth-grade band will perform and American Legion Commander Ed Miller will deliver a tribute to deceased veterans.

As the 45-minute program concludes, visitors will be invited to the cafeteria for refreshments served by Student Council members.

The Middle School program will conclude a daylong schedule of school events for Legion members, who will start at 7:45 a.m. with program at the high school.

The next program will be at 8:45 a.m. at the Renaissance Academy Charter School. At 9 a.m. Greenwood Elementary School students will join Legionnaires at the Veterans Memorial in Greenwood Cemetery for a program there.

At 9:30 a.m. Legion members will participate in a program at Rocky Branch Elementary School. At 10 a.m. they will be at Westside Elementary School, and at 10:40 a.m. they will present a program at St. Bridget Parish School.

At 11 a.m. the Legion Color Guard will participate in a remembrance service for veterans on the North Hall lawn at UW-River Falls. The speaker at that program will be a female veteran.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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