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Local Veterans Day programs this Friday


The Perham VFW Post #4020 and Perham High School will be sponsoring a Veterans Day program in the high school auditorium on Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. It will run until approximately 9:45 a.m.

The public is encouraged to attend.

The program will begin with opening statements by M-State public speaking students Josh Still and Jillian Burns, followed by a Presentation of the Colors by Perham VFW Post members.

A welcome will be given by student council president Leah Wuebben, then students Rachel Wiskow, Josh Werner and Emily Tobkin will read the poem, "The Flag." The high school swing choir will sing The National Anthem.

President Barack Obama's Veterans Day Proclamation will then be read by students Emma Sweere, Alyssa Studer, Darriean Stokke and Jayden Cullen.

The Women's Auxiliary, along with students Trisha Kawlewski, Abby Januszewski, Jackie Hanson and Kayla Heier, will then present a ceremony for Prisoners of War and all those Missing in Action.

Afterward, the high school orchestra will perform "To Reap the Blessings of Freedom," and the poem, "What is a Veteran?" will be read by students Betsy Pearson, Josh Nordick, Ali Nelson and Shelby Mayfield.

The guest speaker, Sergeant Sarah Benson, will then take the podium. Benson has served two tours of duty in Iraq. She will be introduced by Lindsey Loerzel and Chris Knutson.

The Voice of Democracy winner will be announced, and a folding of the flag ceremony will take place.

Finally, TAPS will be played by Ben Sullivan and Larry Wankel, followed by a retiring of the colors and dismissal.

After the program at the high school, lunch will be served to veterans and their guests at the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New York Mills

A Veterans Day program will be held in New York Mills on Friday, Nov. 9. A program for grades kindergarten through five will begin at 9:30 a.m., while the senior high program will start at 10:30 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

The senior high program will consist of musical numbers by the school choir and band, as well as a few student speeches. Other details were unknown as of press time.

All veterans are invited to come to the school for a meal afterward, funded by the student council.