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Veterans Day Events

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Here is a list of Veterans Day events going on around the area on Thursday.

  • Portage High School will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor all veterans. The ceremony will be held in the gymnasium and will begin at 2:00 PM.  In addition to all students attending, this ceremony is open to the public. All veterans are encouraged to attend this event. Names of veterans in attendance will be announced by the decade in which they served.  Other highlights of this event are a POW-MIA tribute, Army-National Guard keynote speaker, performances by the PHS band/choir, honoring of PHS teacher veterans, a ceremonial reading of veterans that have died within the past year, "Amazing Grace" tribute by a bagpiper, and a simulation of military honors that would take place at a funeral of a veteran.
  • In Cross Plains, there will be a new Veterans Memorial dedication starting at 11 a.m. at American Legion in Cross Plains at 2217 American Legion Drive in Cross Plains.
  • The Madison Veterans Council will be hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison at 10:00 a.m. A concert by VFW Band 1318 will precede the program. The Colors will be presented by members of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard. Speakers include Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary Kenneth B. Black, U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District, and Tommy Tradewell, Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander-in-Chief.
  • Also on Thursday, the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King will host its 2010 Veterans Day observance in the Marden Memorial Center at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate and honor America's 23 million living veterans.
  • Residents of Oakwood Village East in Madison will be paying special tribute to Veterans with a program featuring the 132nd Army Band and Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar as guest speaker. Wisconsin Representative Helen Kelda Roys will also attend the program and will be announcing the Color Guard from the Madison Veterans Council. Yet a video featuring photos of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed services promises to be the most memorable part of the event. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Tree of Life Chapel at Oakwood Village East, 5565 Tancho Drive, Madison.
  • In Madison, this area's official VFW Band is presenting a program at The Gardens Apartments, 602 North Segoe Road (behind Hilldale Shopping Center) starting at 7 p.m.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will also be hosting Veterans Day observances at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner at 1:00 p.m. and at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove at 11:00 a.m. Click here for more information on Veterans Day
  • In recognition of Veteran's Day, the Madison Arts Commission is pleased to present, After the Wars. After the Wars is an exhibition that tells the stories of ten war veterans from across the Midwest from WWII to today. The project combines short audio documentaries of each veteran with photographic essays of their lives today. The exhibit is at the Madison Municipal Building on 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Madison. An opening reception is from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The regular exhibit hours are 8:00 until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • At the state capitol, "The Paper Wall" features obituaries and newspaper articles about Wisconsin's fallen soldiers. Nearly 1,200 soldiers killed in action, or missing in action are honored through this visual tribute. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the rotunda. It will be open until Sunday, November 14.

On Veterans Day, 27 News will have a special newscast paying tribute to Wisconsin veterans. It will include emotional stories from local veterans who recently went to Washington, D.C. on the Badger Honor Flight. Tune in to that at 6:30 p.m. on WKOW.

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