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Templeton honors veterans at ceremony

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its 13th Annual Veterans’ Day Program.

Army Captain Bill Barthen, Wisconsin Army National Guard supply management officer from Madison and company commander for the Officer Candidate School at Fort McCoy, will give the Veteran’s Address. Barthen, who has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq on three separate tours since 2004, will also post and retire the colors.

A ceremonial laying of the wreaths will honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

–           The Student Council President will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

–           The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform a patriotic song

–           The Patriotic Essay Contest winner will read his or her essay .

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby starting Oct. 31 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 by Nov. 1.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.