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Veterans Day Goes Virtual as Schools and Organizations Find Unique Ways to Honor Veterans

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Every year, Crandon Elementary students have put on a Veterans Day program.

It usually involves breakfast, songs, and poems as a thank you to Veterans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made an event like that too risky, but the School District of Crandon still felt it was important to do something to show their support of veterans.

“I just feel that it’s important for them to understand how special Veterans Day is to Americans and to continue to honor those that have served our country and have sacrificed so much freedoms that we enjoy today,” said District Administrator Larry Palubicki.

All day, the district’s Facebook pagewas flooded with images created by students and videos of students. Three Lakes and North Lakeland School Districts were among some of the others that posted videos of students.

School weren’t the only ones to go virtual. Many organizations that would normally do a big ceremony chose virtual options instead.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs created a Veterans Day web page with messages from elected officials and heads of various state veteran organizations, like Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar.

“On November 11 more than a century ago the guns of the great war fell silent. WWI had finally ended.  The following year and every year since we the American people have commemorated that momentous day with gratitude and reflections on the bravery and selflessness of our nation’s veterans,” said Kolar in a video message to veterans.

There was even a place for veterans to share their own stories.

It also encouraged people to download the Bells of Peace app that sounds off at on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor and remember those who served.

So while this Veterans Day may sound and look differently than those we’re used, that isn’t stopping people in the Northwoods from finding ways to honor those who’ve served our country.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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