Veterans Day events in the Stillwater area

Ceremony at veterans memorial Nov. 11

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial at Third and Pine Streets in Stillwater.

The speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Dave Schell, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduating from Stillwater High School in 1967. In 1969-70 Schell served in Vietnam with the Navy’s Mobile Riverine Force.

As an engineman, Schell’s assignments involved patrolling waterways of the Mekong Delta on armored troop carriers called Tango boats, extracting troops, performing night ambushes and searching Vietnamese sampans. On returning from his tour of duty, Schell worked for Andersen Corporation for 33 years. He has been the Adjutant and the Commander of the Stillwater American Legion Post 48, was chairman of the United Veterans Council and served on the Stillwater Veterans Memorial Board. He has dedicated himself to honoring the memory of classmates who did not return home from Vietnam and furthering the legacy of all veterans who have served in the U.S. military.

The ceremony will include a reading of the names of veterans whose pavers have been installed at the Memorial since Memorial Day. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms, medals, and a military hat. There will be limited seating, and attendees may wish to bring folding chairs to the ceremony.

The Stillwater Veterans Memorial Board encourages residents to attend the ceremony in recognition of Veterans Day, first proclaimed in 1919, to pay tribute to all U.S. military veterans, their service and sacrifice.

For more information about the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, to purchase a paver, to volunteer or learn about serving on the board, visit or call 651-344-6245.

Rifle salute and taps in Stillwater

A color guard from the VFW Post 323 and American Legion Post 48 will perform a rifle salute, taps and prayer downtown Stillwater on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The event will be at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets at 11 a.m. The salute has been a tradition since 1949.

For more information, call Lawrence at 651-439-7154.

Veterans Day open house at VFW Post 323

VFW Post 323 will host a Veterans Day open house noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Happy hour prices apply. Burger baskets will be available for $3.50 from 3-7 p.m.

Big Sky Country will play live music starting at 3 p.m. There will be Bingo and a meat raffle.

The post is at 5880 Omaha Ave. N. Stillwater.

Celebrating Veterans Day in Stillwater Area Public Schools

Students at several of Stillwater Area Public Schools will honor current military personnel and veterans during special assemblies on Monday, Nov. 11. Many of the assemblies will feature local color guards, along with special music and presentations by students and staff.

• Andersen Elementary, 10:30 a.m.

• Afton-Lakeland Elementary, 10:15 a.m.

• Marine Elementary, 10:30 a.m.

• Withrow Elementary, 2 p.m.

• Lake Elmo Elementary, 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Veterans are invited to attend so that our students may honor them for their service.

Veterans recognition dinner Nov. 12

The Lower St. Croix Valley Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is hosting a veterans recognition dinner at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lake St. Croix Beach Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The dinner is 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to service members and their families. No reservations required.

The event will include dinner and prizes.

The church is at 16770 13th St. S.

For more information, call Mary at 651-436-8696.

Free ‘Honor Flight’ movie showing

The public is welcome to attend a free showing of “Honor Flight” 1-2:30 p.m. in Mahtomedi.

“Honor Flight” is a heartwarming documentary about four World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle.

The trips are called “honor flights,” and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s, it’s often the first time they’ve been thanked and the last trip of their lives. The 24-hour journey is full of surprises that deeply move all who are involved.

The movie showing will include an introduction by Bob McArdle, local WWII veteran who participated in an honor flight.

The event is in the Mahtomedi High School Chautauqua Theatre.

Veteran’s Day Panel discussion

Join Mahtomedi high school students, faculty, and community as they honor local veterans Monday, Nov. 11. Ret. Brig. Gen. Kevin Gerdes will moderate a panel of veterans representing World War II through the Iraqi Wars, as they answer your questions about their unique wartime experiences. Lunch will be served in the high school commons area for local veterans and their families with a special program to follow.

Lunch in high school commons for local veterans and their families is at 12:15 p.m.

The panel is 1-2:30 p.m. in the Chautauqua Theatre.

RSVP for lunch requested by contacting Mary George at [email protected]

Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Triangle Park

The public is welcome at the Mahtomedi American Legion Post 507 Veteran’s Day Celebration at Triangle Park. The high school choir will perform patriotic songs as the colors are posted at the Veteran’s Monument with inspiring remarks shared by a local veteran. Stop by and give your thanks to those who have served our country.

The event is at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11. in Triangle Park

Compiled by Jonathan Young – [email protected]