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Programs mark Marine anniversary, Veterans Day in Antigo this morning
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Honoring veterans across the region warmed a chilly morning today.

At the Antigo Post Office, the lobby was packed before 8 a.m. for the celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the U.S. Marines.

Postmaster John Szigat welcomed those attending, including band members from Antigo High School, law enforcement personnel, fire department officers, county and city officials, staff and carriers from the post office and Marines.

The Marine Corps, which has figured in the crowd, development and security of the United States, holds celebrations across the nation where cakes are cut by swords, and memories exchanged.

The program at the post office started with the band performing several patriotic selections and then the group moved outdoor in single digit temperatures, very unusual for the Nov. 10 anniversary, for the flag-raising and then back into the post office for the cake cutting.

Walter Wick, a retired Antigo businessman who was a member of the Corps during World War II, cut the cake.

Szigat explained to the crowd that as a Marine, he brought the ceremony to Antigo a number of years ago and since then has been an annual event.

I thought I was the only postmaster doing this, he said, and a check of records shows that quite a number of across the U.S. are, too.

I thought it was a cool thing to do, he said.

He thanked Wick for offering to cut the cake and urged everyone to help mark Veterans Day, which also is being marked today.

The scene shifted about an hour later to Antigo Middle School, which has become a hub of veterans Day observances fir Antigo. Guest speaker was educator and retired principal Ted McAuly, who reflected on the meaning of the day and offered an excellent rendition of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

By being at a ceremony such as this, we are expressing with actions what we cannot express with words, McAuly said, asking those attending to always remember freedom isn’t free.

Associate Principal Heather McCann thanked McAuly for a wonderful speech. It reminds us all why we are here today.

Student Molly Nelson led the Pledge of Allegiance and read the poem A Soldier’s Life.

There were also several patriotic selection by the Middle School band and choir, including Marches of the Armed Forces, during which veterans representing each of the services stood as their anthem was played.

The program concluded with the rifle salute and Taps performed by student Taylee Tucker.

Similar ceremonies were also conducted in Elcho and White Lake.

This afternoon, American Legion White Lake Anderson-Sather Post 524 and Wolf River Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9438 joined to publicly thank and honor veterans and their families 50 years after the Vietnam War. The program notes that those who served came back with the horrors of war instilled in every fiber of their being and were never given the respect and honor they dearly deserve from the public or the United States government.

More than 165,000 Wisconsites served in Vietnam, with 1,239 casualties. Soldiers from that conflict, at about 135,000, are the largest group of living veterans in Wisconsin.

On Saturday, In honor of the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I the Noetzelman-Boodry American Legion Post 377 will host a dedication of the Elcho American Legion Veterans Memorial and a Veteran’s Day ceremony starting at 10 a.m., at the American Legion Post on Elmo Street.

The memorial is filled with bricks, donated by members of the community, listing the names and dates of service of local veterans living and in memorium.

After the ceremony the American Legion Post and Auxiliary will have cake and coffee in the clubhouse.
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Walter Wick, a World War II Marine, joins John Szigat cutting the anniversary cake for the founding of the Marines 242 years ago today. The ceremony was held at the Antigo Post Office.

Programs mark Marine anniversary, Veterans Day in Antigo this morning
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Honoring veterans across the region warmed a chilly morning today.

At the Antigo Post Office, the lobby was packed before 8 a.m. for the celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the U.S. Marines.

Postmaster John Szigat welcomed those attending, including band members from Antigo High School, law enforcement personnel, fire department officers, county and city officials, staff and carriers from the post office and Marines.

The Marine Corps, which has figured in the crowd, development and security of the United States, holds celebrations across the nation where cakes are cut by swords, and memories exchanged.

The program at the post office started with the band performing several patriotic selections and then the group moved outdoor in single digit temperatures, very unusual for the Nov. 10 anniversary, for the flag-raising and then back into the post office for the cake cutting.

Walter Wick, a retired Antigo businessman who was a member of the Corps during World War II, cut the cake.

Szigat explained to the crowd that as a Marine, he brought the ceremony to Antigo a number of years ago and since then has been an annual event.

I thought I was the only postmaster doing this, he said, and a check of records shows that quite a number of across the U.S. are, too.

I thought it was a cool thing to do, he said.

He thanked Wick for offering to cut the cake and urged everyone to help mark Veterans Day, which also is being marked today.

The scene shifted about an hour later to Antigo Middle School, which has become a hub of veterans Day observances fir Antigo. Guest speaker was educator and retired principal Ted McAuly, who reflected on the meaning of the day and offered an excellent rendition of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

By being at a ceremony such as this, we are expressing with actions what we cannot express with words, McAuly said, asking those attending to always remember freedom isn’t free.

Associate Principal Heather McCann thanked McAuly for a wonderful speech. It reminds us all why we are here today.

Student Molly Nelson led the Pledge of Allegiance and read the poem A Soldier’s Life.

There were also several patriotic selection by the Middle School band and choir, including Marches of the Armed Forces, during which veterans representing each of the services stood as their anthem was played.

The program concluded with the rifle salute and Taps performed by student Taylee Tucker.

Similar ceremonies were also conducted in Elcho and White Lake.

This afternoon, American Legion White Lake Anderson-Sather Post 524 and Wolf River Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9438 joined to publicly thank and honor veterans and their families 50 years after the Vietnam War. The program notes that those who served came back with the horrors of war instilled in every fiber of their being and were never given the respect and honor they dearly deserve from the public or the United States government.

More than 165,000 Wisconsites served in Vietnam, with 1,239 casualties. Soldiers from that conflict, at about 135,000, are the largest group of living veterans in Wisconsin.

On Saturday, In honor of the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I the Noetzelman-Boodry American Legion Post 377 will host a dedication of the Elcho American Legion Veterans Memorial and a Veteran’s Day ceremony starting at 10 a.m., at the American Legion Post on Elmo Street.

The memorial is filled with bricks, donated by members of the community, listing the names and dates of service of local veterans living and in memorium.

After the ceremony the American Legion Post and Auxiliary will have cake and coffee in the clubhouse.
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Walter Wick, a World War II Marine, joins John Szigat cutting the anniversary cake for the founding of the Marines 242 years ago today. The ceremony was held at the Antigo Post Office.
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