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Highground hosts event for veterans

Highground hosts event for veterans Highground hosts event for veterans

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as The Highground’s resident eagles soared overhead, veterans and their families, friends and supporters gathered on the plaza to honor veterans.

In traditional fashion, the KIA/MIA and POW names were remembered, using a recording due to COVID-19 restrictions, and answered with an in-person tolling of The Highground Liberty Bell.

With all present and accounted for, the Thorp VFW Post #9057 presented the colors. Steve Maddox, Vietnam veteran and board member at The Highground, led the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. The invocation given by Skip Klabon, Vietnam veteran.

Betty Sitler, a public and private school educator for 56 years, and the surviving spouse of Korean War ex-POW, Harold “Red” Sitler, was scheduled to speak but was unable to attend. As her proxy, Bonnie Pettis, events coordinator with The Highground, shared Betty’s thoughts on why everyone were gathered that day and why it’s important to “recognize our veterans 365 days a year and not just on the chosen days of remembrance.”

Guests enjoyed hot coffee and conversation, at safe distances, and were able to explore the “We Were There: Korea” exhibit (on display through Nov. 29).

Veteran support organizations, Patriot K9s of Wisconsin and the Vet Center were also onsite to offer information to Veterans and families.

For questions or information about the ceremony or other events, contact Bonnie at or call 715-743-4224. Visit for event information, news and more.