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Veterans Day plans set for area schools
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    With Veterans Day coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the area communities are making plans to honor those who served and are serving our country with a variety of programs.
Black Hawk Schools:
    The students of Black Hawk will be hosting a Veterans Day Program on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9:00 a.m.  The 60-minute program will serve to honor local men and women who have served in the United States military.  They will present readings and musical tributes.  All local veterans are also welcome to attend a small breakfast of muffins and coffee at 8:30 a.m. in the lower commons, with the program to follow at 9:00 a.m. in the gym. The general public is welcome to attend the Veteran’s Day Program.
Belmont Schools:
    Belmont School District will be having a program at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the high school gym.  The program will include songs by the high school band and choir and readings by high school seniors. The guest speaker will be Brad Speth who served as a marine. 
Darlington Schools:
    Darlington High School will be hosting a Veterans Day program on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the high school gym. The program will feature music from the high school bands and choirs. Dennis Murphy, commander of the Darlington American Legion Post 214 will serve as emcee and Pastor Angie Steinhauer of the United Methodist Church will provide the opening. Other speakers will include Darlington mayor, David Breunig, and guest speaker, First Sergeant for the Madison Army Recruiting Company, Andrew Ackley. Ackley’s military career began in November 1990, and he has served in Germany, Macedonia, Iraq and Kosovo. He has also been stationed in the US in Georgia, Kentucky, California, and now Wisconsin. After the program, a luncheon will be held in the band room, which will end around 11:25. After the luncheon there will be a public information meeting in the band room presented by staff and Hoffman on the building needs of the school.
    Darlington Elementary/Middle School will be hosting a short Veterans Day program on Wednesday, Nov.11 at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym. Roger Zee will serve as speaker, and grades kindergarten through 8th will give performances.
Shullsburg Schools:
    Shullsburg Schools will host a Veterans Day observation on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m. in the old gym. There will be performances by the elementary, junior high and high school bands and choirs, and several speakers will participate in the program as well. After the program there will be a lunch available for all veterans who attend.