School Visitations: Clear
Lake Veterans' Memorial (CLVM) School Visitation Program is very
successful. This program features an annual visit by five area 5th, 6th or 7th grade
classes. Each visiting student may be asked to make a patriotic poster, write
a poem or construct some other patriotic project.
projects are later bound and displayed at neighboring nursing homes. In late
May each year nearly 400 children visit the Veterans' Memorial and PBO (Paulson Brothers
Ordnance) with the later organization being responsible for giving a tour through their
Cannon Factory and giving mini lectures about the Civil War.
This year our nation is celebrating the 150 year
Sesquicentennial of the Civil War from 1861 to 2011 (150 years).
Respective schools are given the honor to select a
classmate(s) to carry the "Wreath of Remembrance". Those students then place the
wreath at the base of the Black Cenotaph which has the names of 65 Clear Lake
men and women veterans. Everyone of those brave troops were from the Clear
Lake area and they are a symbol of sacrifice for our freedom.
After each school's visitation, certificates and commemorative pens are awarded to each
student. In past years many students have visited the "Guest Book"
section of our web page. It is advisable to visit that section and view some of the
student reactions. Each of those schools (Amery, Clayton, Clear Lake, Glenwood City,
Prairie Farm, and Turtle Lake) are planning to visit the Memorial.
Most importantly, follow up visits are made by members of the committee
to participating schools. At that time students are permitted to share
experiences in small group situations which allow them to relate personal
experiences with military veterans.
classes make a corresponding visit to PBO Cannon Factory where they can see one of the
largest private Civil War Cannon Collections in the World. In addition Bernie and BrucePaulson
are Historians with a vast knowledge of our Civil War. Students
may bring cameras to take pictures at both the Memorial and PBO.
Armed Forces Day - May
Remembrance Day - May
11am: All Fire Fighters, EMS, Police Officers, Ambulance Drivers, etc. will
be honored. A Color guard and Rifle Squad will be present.
May 30, 2011:
Gordon Johnson, WWII Veteran, was be buried at 2 pm at Clear Lake Cemetery.
The service will be jointly conducted by Wisconsin 10th District American
Legion Chaplain - Howie Nelson. This is a graveside service with the public
invited. A special part of the service involves playing the new Carillons
including the National Anthem and Taps.
Memorial Day - May 27,
We will be honoring the 50th (1963) year that the Vietnam War started with a
huge program this year.
As usual a large crowd is expected at
Flag Day - June 14:
Roadside flag @ the Veterans' Memorial will be flown @ 1/2 staff until 6 P.M. New flags
shall replace torn or tattered flags.
special day of recognition for our American Flag by our American Legion Post
108 which will have a flag burning ceremony at the town square beginning at 7 P.M.
All citizens are encouraged to bring their tattered, torn, soiled or worn out flags
for a ceremony where flags are properly disposed of by burning. All
responsible groups are invited to attend.
Independence Day - July 4th:
Come and visit Historic Clear Lake Veterans' Memorial. Make special day to place a photo,
flower, special item of remembrance for a veteran or just something Patriotic such as a
National POW - MIA Day
(3d Friday in September): A Wreath
and Candle Ceremony will be held at the Clear Lake Veterans Memorial at
6 P.M. Remember to honor all POWs and the nearly 90,000 MIAs.
Veterans' Day - November 11:
Attend the annual Veterans Day Program at Clear Lake High School. At 1:30 and 3:00 P.M.
attend programs sponsored by the Veterans' Memorial at Golden Age and Willow Ridge Nursing
Homes in Amery.
Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7:
Buy a Christmas wreath and place it on the grave of a Veteran or at the Veterans'
memorial is accessible from U.S. Hwy 63 which passes through Clear Lake. Turn East on
Veterans' Memorial Drive and it is 1/2 mile on the right. Visiting hours are 7 days a week
and the memorial is lighted for evening viewing. During the winter snow season, the
surface is not cleaned to prevent possible surface damage.