People across the North Woods will reflect on what veterans have accomplished and the freedoms they have protected during upcoming Veterans Day ceremonies.

Local Veterans Day programs are planned at schools in Eagle River, St. Germain, Three Lakes and Sugar Camp Monday, Nov. 11. Programs will be held Friday, Nov. 8, in Phelps and Rhinelander.

The following programs have been announced to this newspaper.

Eagle River

Trinka-Weber-Rogers Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8637 in Eagle River will join the students at Northland Pines Middle School, Eagle River Elementary School and Northland Pines High School to pay tribute to local veterans who have served in the Armed Forces or who are currently serving.

The Veterans Day service will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the high school field house. 

Student speakers, the middle school and high school choirs, the intermediate band, high school band and elementary students will take part in the ceremony.

The VFW Honor Guard will post and retire the colors. The Ladies Auxiliary will also join in the program. 

The public and all area veterans are welcome. Following the program, coffee and cake will be available in the commons.

Three Lakes area

Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 11, in three programs, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Three Lakes School auditorium, and 1 p.m. at Sugar Camp Elementary School. 

Children of Three Lakes Elementary School will present the program at 9:30 a.m. which will include songs by students and several student speakers. The American Legion Post 431 Color Guard will assist.

American Legion Post 431 will conduct the program at 10:45 a.m. Featured speakers will be Legion Post Commander Michael Silber, Three Lakes High School seniors Kristina Kaufman and Kortnie Volk, and Legion Auxiliary President Diana Wheeler.

The Three Lakes High School band and chorus will provide music. The traditional roll call of servicemen from Three Lakes who were killed in action in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will be followed by taps and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The program at 1 p.m. will be presented by the children of Sugar Camp Elementary School, assisted by the Legion Color Guard.

The general public, especially all veterans and Legion and Auxiliary members, are welcome to attend one or all of these patriotic observances to acknowledge the sacrifices of American veterans of all wars and especially those now serving in uniform.


St. Germain

St. Germain Elementary and Montessori Learning Center students and staff will honor local veterans and active military personnel Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. A student-led program will feature a local Boy Scout troop and student presentations, as well as patriotic music. 

Refreshments will be provided immediately following the program.


There will be a Veterans Day program in the Phelps School large gymnasium Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

The program will include a variety of student musical and choral performances under the direction of music teacher Lisa Duquaine. Guest speakers will include State Rep. Rob Swearingen and Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Brian Thomas, a U.S. Air Force veteran.

The program is open to community members and local veterans. Following the program, all community members in attendance are invited to a free lunch with the school’s elementary students.


The public is invited to attend the 49th annual Veterans Day observance at James Williams Middle School Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

This year’s program will feature various speakers, and music will be provided by the James Williams Middle School music department.

Local veterans, their families and the public are invited to attend this annual community observance, which will last approximately one hour.

For more information, call James Williams Middle School at (715) 365-9220.

The Oneida County Veterans Council will hold a Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument on the Oneida County Courthouse lawn. 

Guest speakers will include Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar, State Sen. Tom Tiffany, and Navy veteran and Rhinelander attorney Brian Bennett. Nativity of Our Lord choir will perform. The ceremony may run longer than normal and seating will be very limited, so attendees can take along a chair.

Because of the Veterans Day ceremony, Oneida Ave­nue will be closed from Court Park to Dahl Street, and Davenport Street will be closed from Pelham Street to Oneida Avenue from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No vehicles will be able to get in or out of that area during those two hours.