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Veterans Day: Area students recognize those who served

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World War II veteran Bob Uppgaard, 95, was the guest speaker Monday, Nov. 12, at a Veterans Day program at Pequot Lakes High School. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal2 / 8
PR-B students watch the elementary choir perform "Sacrifices Made" during the Veteran's Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Pine River-Backus high school. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 3 / 8
Hanna Milham and Gracie Crimmins perform the POW-MIA table ceremony during the Veteran's Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Pine River-Backus high school. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 4 / 8
Erin Bormett / Echo Journal Marine Sergeant Pildner speaks to PR-B students during the Veteran's Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Pine River-Backus high school.5 / 8
From left, Pequot Lakes students Riley Peters, Josh Lelwica and Sean Ryan share the story of America's White Table at the Veterans Day program. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal 6 / 8
PR-B students sign a poster in honor of prisoners of war following the Veteran's Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Pine River-Backus high school. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 7 / 8
Staci Pappenfuss, Air Force Captain Flight Nurse Aeromedical Evacuation, tells the story of how she joined the military in an unconventional way during the Veteran's Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Pine River-Backus high school. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 8 / 8

Area schools held educational events Monday, Nov. 12, to recognize Veterans Day.

Guest speaker Bob Uppgaard shared his experiences serving with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II in a program at Pequot Lakes High School for students in grades 5-12 and the community.

Uppgaard, 95, of Pequot Lakes, also shared life lessons with students - which included, "If you see something that needs to be done, do it," - and gave advice to future generations.

The Jenkins VFW and Pequot Lakes American Legion posts presented the colors, and the high school symphonic band - directed first by graduate Michael Newton and then by band director Michael Sommerness - performed, as did the high school choir, directed by Karen Jacobson.

Several students shared the story of America's White Table, which was set up in the athletic center.

Several Pequot Lakes High School students organized the Veterans Day ceremony, where those who served and those who are currently serving in the military were asked to stand and be recognized.

Pine-River Backus

Pine River-Backus students attended a program in the school gymnasium that included music from band and choir students, a short video presentation from PR-B graduates Shawn and Adam Kish, currently serving in the Army, a POW/MIA table ceremony and a color guard presentation by the Backus and Pine River American Legions.

Students also heard from several speakers. Marine Sgt. Robert Pildner, Air Force recruiter Sgt. Aaron J. Sandbakken and Air Force Capt. Flight Nurse Aeromedical Evacuation Staci Pappenfuss described their decisions to join the military and what sacrifice means to them. Isaak Anderson read writing about the end of the "Great War" from his ancestor, Joe Romedahl, who fought in the Army during World War I.

Following the program, students were invited to sign a poster recognizing POW/MIA.

Crosslake Community School and Nisswa Elementary School also held Veterans Day programs.

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