For the first time, the city of Winona and Winona County will serve as a Regional Site for the celebration of 2012 Veterans Day, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee. Veterans and their families and friends from all over the area are invited to attend. The theme selected by the Winona 2012 Veterans Day Planning Committee is Welcoming Home ALL Veterans.
From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on November 11, there will be equipment displays by the Minnesota National Guard, Civil War Reenactors, World War II/Korean reenactors, and a vintage WW II Studebaker US 6 transport truck. The ceremony will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, Winona, Minn., at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The ceremony will include firing three volleys from a Civil War cannon, a poem read by a local youth that was a winner in a local contest, short speeches, and a few special features, all with the purpose of showing gratitude to veterans. Special features consist of music being played during the day; and a flag retirement ceremony by Boy Scouts Troop No. 13 at 1:00 p.m. The showing of the movie “Memorial Day” will take place at the Winona Area Veterans Center, 302 East Center Street, Winona, at 3:00 p.m. at no charge, the public is invited. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1287, 208 East 3rd Street, Winona, and American Legion, Post No. 9, 302 East Sarnia Street, Winona, will serve free lunch starting at noon until gone.
The master of ceremony is former VFW Commander and chairperson of the Winona County Veterans/Military Council, SFC Jerry Obieglo, USAR (Ret.).
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend and thank a Veteran or Military member for their service.