Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus schools honored veterans Monday morning, Nov. 11, with their annual Veterans Day programs.

Both ceremonies featured color guard processions into the gym, pledge of allegiance, recognition of veterans in the audience and musical performances.

In Pequot Lakes, guest speaker Bob Uppgaard, a 96-year-old World War II veteran from Pequot Lakes who served with the U.S. Navy Seabees, received a standing ovation after sharing memories from his time serving overseas.

PLHS Principal Aaron Nelson recognized students who plan to join the military: Isaac Sample, Keaton Dingman, Braydyn Brynteson, Sam Moreland, Brodie Olson and Anthony Sullivan, as well as PLHS graduates Chase Larson and Korbin Awender, who are serving in the military and attended the ceremony.

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KLICK! Photo Gallery - Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2019

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High school students Hailey Halverson and Sidney Veit planned the program with the theme "Service is Personal." Elena Grove, Blake Millner and Teagan Johnson each read stories shared by local veterans, including Larrie Norris, 86, who served in the U.S. Air Force from March 1953-August 1975; David Helstron, 68, who served with the Navy Seabees; Butch Henke, 73, who served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from November 1964-September 1988; Ken Meyer, 80, who served in the Navy from 1957-67; and Mike Thompson, 70, who served in the Air Force from 1968-71.

The PLHS Choir, directed by Karen Jacobson, sang "Stand with the Brave," by Mark Patterson. The PLHS Symphonic Band, directed by Michael Sommerness, performed the national anthem and "Coat of Arms," by George Kenny.

At Pine River-Backus School, the elementary choir, high school choir and high school band all performed. Songs included the "Star Spangled-Banner," "My Country Tis of Thee," "The Armed Forces Medley," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "God Bless the USA."

Emma Cincoski read "Veterans Day," a poem by Cheryl Dyson, and Gracie Crimmins and Lauren Penkhus performed a traditional table ceremony.