The Wisconsin Veterans Home in King will host its Veterans Day observance at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Marden Memorial Center.
“Many generations have worn our nation’s uniforms and have given of themselves for our freedoms and privileges,” said Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Kenneth Black. “We cannot take for granted what they’ve all done, and we must always remember and appreciate their actions. This is a special group within our society.”
The morning program in King will include the Waupaca High School Choir performing under the direction of Kristen Sporakowski and the sounding of taps by Waupaca High School Band students Stanford Mitchell and Kierstan Leaf.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home King Honor Guard and the WDVA Military Funeral Honors Team will post colors.
The master of ceremonies will be Dan Naylor, chairman of the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs, and the keynote speaker will be state Rep. Kevin Petersen.
Petersen was elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. He served on active duty from 1984 to 1994 in the U.S. Navy. He entered as an enlisted nuclear reactor operator and was commissioned an officer in 1989. He earned his Submarine Warfare officer (dolphins) and Engineer qualifications.
After leaving active duty in 1994, his service continued in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Petersen subsequently held two command billets and three executive officer billets, retiring in 2008 at the rank of commander.
Petersen lives in Waupaca and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037 and the American Veterans Post 1887. He is a member of American Legion Post 161 and currently serves on the Assembly Committee of Veteran and Military Affairs as ranking member.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home in King is located at N2665 County Road QQ, two miles south of Waupaca.