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Rousing ceremony honors veterans for their role in Racine's 'history and tapestry'

The Journal Times - 11/12/2023

Nov. 11—RACINE — Veterans Day got a star-spangled salute Saturday during a festive ceremony inside Memorial Hall in Downtown Racine.

Solemn messages of respect and uplifting musical performances brought the crowd to its feet during an event marking the federal holiday honoring military veterans.

Racine Mayor Cory Mason thanked veterans in the crowd and urged others in attendance to teach young people about the importance of recognizing and honoring veterans.

Noting that the veterans in his own family have all passed away, Mason declared that future generations in Racine must understand what veterans have meant to America.

"Veterans are such a critical piece of our history and our tapestry," the mayor said. "It's a foundation of our community."

The ceremony included remarks from veterans and other dignitaries, as well as patriotic performances by the Gilmore Fine Arts Choir of the Racine Unified School District.

The choir delivered rousing renditions of "We Honor You" and a medley of military theme songs that had spectators standing and cheering.

Following the ceremony, veterans and their families were to be treated to a lunch organized by VFW Post 1391.

Also joining the festivities was Susan Savaglio-Jarvis, president of Siena Catholic Schools of Racine.

Savaglio-Jarvis told the crowd that she was "profoundly grateful" for what veterans have contributed to the nation. Referring to current political instabilities around the world, she asked people to keep current members of the military in their thoughts, too.

"Let's remember their selfless deeds," she said.

To the veterans in attendance, she said, "Thank you for your great personal sacrifice."

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