City of Waukesha to honor its veterans this weekend
Many went on most recent Honor Flight
America never forgets its veterans.
In the City of Waukesha, many events are being planned in celebration of Veterans Day. In fact, it goes beyond one day - it is a weekend of celebrations.
The Waukesha Allied Veterans Council will hold its annual program Sunday at Veterans Park at the corner of West Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
The lineup begins at 10:15 a.m. with a program starting at 10:45 a.m. All veterans organizations are invited to participate .
There will be the Massing of Colors and chaplains from the veterans organizations will deliver prayers.
The program will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of taps.
Music to the vets
Also on Sunday, the Wisconsin Philharmonic will present its fourth annual Veterans Day celebration concert, Salute to Our Veterans: Battle of Britain.
The show is at 3 p.m. at Shattuck Auditorium on the Carroll University campus, 100 N. East Ave.
In between musicalselections, Henry Fogel, a former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will recite letters and speeches from World War II. Soheil Nasseri is the featured guest pianist.
There is also a free preconcert discussion at 2 p.m. at the Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall inside the auditorium.
Tickets range from $27 to $37 for adults and $17 to $27 for students. They can be purchased online at wisconsinphilharmonic.org or by calling (262) 547-1858.
Salute at North
Before those shows, the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is sponsoring the event Operation Honor: A Salute To Veterans.
The program begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch giving a keynote speech that pays tribute to veterans inside the Waukesha North Field House, 2222 Michigan Ave.
At 5 p.m., the Navy Band Great Lakes "Horizon" will perform top 40 hits, classic rock, Motown, country and jazz songs.
There will then be a fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. at nearby Lowell Park.
The program is free and doors open at 3:30 p.m.
UW-W to hold event
UW-Waukesha will hold a Veterans Day celebration at noon Friday at theUW-Waukesha Commons, 1500 N. University Drive.
The featured speaker is Robert Cocroft, president and CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues.
The event is sponsored by the UW-Waukesha Student Veterans Association.
Local vets look back
In advance of Veterans Day, local veterans also got to revisit history as 126 Waukesha County World War II vets - including 25 from the City of Waukesha - were part of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight that went to Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
The flights began in 2008 and last weekend's trip was likely the last large flight of World War II veterans.
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