The Owen-Withee School District held a Veterans Day program on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium in honor of American Legion Post 123, Owen, Post 547 of Lublin, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 123, Owen and Unit 547 Lublin.
The program began with local Veterans presenting the colors as the Owen-Withee High School Band performed the Star-Spangled Banner. Students and staff as well as other visitors rose and gave honor to all veterans present and in their hearts.
Travis Engel of the OW Jaycees introduced this year’s essay winners Easton Ruggles and Lindsey Potocnik. Each student read their moving and well thought out essays to the audience. The theme was remembering those who were lost on 911 and how this fateful day changed American lives and patriotism.
The OWHS choir sang a beautiful rendition of Blade of Glass under the direction of Tammy Barth and accompanied by Cynthia Gutsch. An armed forces medley was played by the band and those in attendance were asked to stand for those they knew as each branch of the military was announced.
State President of the American Legion Auxiliary Diane Weggen spoke passionately about how we can show our veterans our appreciation all year round. Before the retiring of the colors Gabby Goessl and Ryan Nelson played the TAPS as all rose and reverently remembered our American Veterans.
This program was organized and presented by the Owen-Withee High School Student Council and the Veterans Day Committee of Mason Gay, Autumn Bender, Katie Erickson, Lily Lobacz, Alyssa Graski and Dakota Shelton.
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