The Elmwood Elementary Students grades K-4 sang a wonderful rendition of 'A Grateful Nation.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Elmwood Elementary Students grades K-4 sang a wonderful rendition of 'A Grateful Nation.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling

ELMWOOD, WI – The Elmwood Schools and the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post 207 along with the Auxiliary Unit 207 held their annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday morning, November 8 at 9 a.m. in the Red Zone Gym. Many members of the community were on hand to attend the inspiring commemoration of Veterans Day 2018.

Elmwood Elementary School Principal and School District Superintendent Glenn Webb welcomed everyone to the special program that was taking place on the advent of the World War I Centenary marking the commemoration of the first Armistice Day on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Jerome Buerkle, Commander of the Elmwood Crain-Ottman American Legion Post 207 made the introductory remarks for the program and had the Post Color Guard “Advance the Colors” asking all to stand if able and remain standing as the colors were placed for the duration of the program.

Post 207 Chaplain Ellis Poquette offered the Opening Prayer for Veterans Day 2018.

Middle School/High School Principal Christopher Segerstrom gave a talk on the “Lesson on Greatness” that was prefaced with the playing of a video about what it takes to be a United States Navy Seal, which is a lesson in dedication, fortitude, and commitment leading to great accomplishment.

It concluded with these words of inspiration, “With the power of hope one person can change the world. Never give up!”

Mr. Segerstrom followed on that suggesting to the assembly, “To be moving the needle from good to great, change if need be.”

Paula Haugle, Elmwood School Counselor then called on the local veterans and spouses to stand and be recognized for their service. There were many veterans who had served in the Vietnam War and other armed conflicts that stood to receive their recognition of service from the grateful audience.

Next the Elmwood Elementary Students grades K-4 sang a wonderful rendition of “A Grateful Nation” by Teresa Jennings.

Legion Commander Buerkle then read in acknowledgement the names of those local armed service personnel killed or Missing in Action: James Asher, Pat Burke, Arnold Condit, Albert Crain, Walter Cropp, Max Crownhart, Denton DeLong, John Jensen, Joe Kainz, Daryl Lauer, Harry Ottman, Robert Seitz, Fredrick Styer and Edward Wurtz.

The Elmwood High and Middle School Band then played an inspirational “Veterans Day Parade” by Michael Oare.

The American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State and WALLECA student Sophia Tiffany and Kali Brathol respectively spoke of their fantastic experiences in these two enriching programs.

Marge Buerkle, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 207 President then presented Sophia Tiffany with Badger Girls State Recognition.

Commander Post 207 Buerkle then presented Recognition and the gratitude of the Post to Brent Kitchner for his ongoing free volunteer care of the Elmwood Veterans Memorial Park.

School Counselor Haugle, then called on nine Elementary students to recite parts of American flag etiquette. This was followed by the Elmwood HS/MS Choir leading the singing of the National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Legion Color Guard then retired the Colors and filed out of the auditorium to have the Rifle Squad commanded by Legionnaire Sergeant at Arms Jim Baier direct the Salute to Fallen Veterans as everyone stood at attention for the Rifle Salute. Taylin Delong and Bailey Ginsbach concluded the 2018 Veterans Day Service in Elmwood with the mournful playing of “Taps.”