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Veterans Days events planned in Waukesha

Nov. 5, 2013

The following Veterans Day programs are planned in Waukesha.

Waukesha Allied Veterans Council

The council's program begins at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Veteran's Park, 710 N. West Ave., (corner of West Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue).

All veterans organizations are invited to participate and the public is encouraged to attend the event. Planned is the massing of colors and chaplains from veterans organizations will deliver a Veterans Day prayer. The program will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of taps.

For more information, contact Walter Hahn, (262) 547-1004.

City of Waukesha

The city will present, Operation Honor A Salute to Veterans beginning at 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:30), Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Waukesha North Fieldhouse, 2222 Michigan Ave.

"We have seen great support from local organizations, sponsors, and the public for this Veterans Day celebration so far," said Joanna Adamicki, special events coordinator. "Our hope is people come to Operation Honor on Saturday and be present. The veterans appreciate seeing the support of the community and it's a great opportunity for the public to say thank you."

Guest speakers for Operation Honor include City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Michael Trepanier, Army National Guard Youth Delegate Hadley Fischer, and Keynote Speaker, Captain Tim Tyre, U.S Navy. Tyre will speak to his military experiences including his time at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The program will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Wagner, radio host for 620 WMTJ. Additionally, local student, Erin Koehler, will read her winning Operation Honor essay on the topic, "If you could thank a Veteran, what would you say?"

The 132nd Army Band of the Wisconsin National Guard will perform patriotic tunes as well as favorite Broadway and movie themes. Following the performance, a fireworks tribute will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Lowell Park, 2201 Michigan Ave., directly across the street from North High School.

Organizations expected to attend include Dry Hootch offering concessions, the American Red Cross with Holiday Mail for Heroes where attendees can sign holiday cards for soldiers, and Socks and Sole-diers, a campaign led by a local 10-year-old who is collecting new socks and shoes for homeless Veterans, as well as representatives from Fisher House.

For more information, contact the parks department at (262) 524-3737.

Wisconsin Philharmonic

The Wisconsin Philharmonic presents a Salute to Our Veterans: Korea and the Cold War at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University.

Sixty- five years ago, when the Cold War was at its start, Waukesha County boasted some of the finest talent America had to offer. In honor, Maestro Alexander Platt,soprano Kelli Cramer and narrator Henry Fogel weave a unique fabric of great words and music from the era of "The Greatest Generation."

Veterans are all invited to wear their covers and have an opportunity to join a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C.

Tickets are $27 to $37 for adults and $17 to $27 for students. Purchase tickets online, www.wisconsinphilharmonic.org, in person, or by calling (262) 547-1858.

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