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Glenwood City School District recognizes, honors veterans with creation of Veterans’ Plaza

GLENWOOD CITY — Football fields are often referred to as the battlefield and references to fighting in the trenches, aerial attacks and ground assault are commonplace when talking about the game. As another season of Hilltoppers’ Football kicks off, we remember the sacrifices that so many men and women have made on the real battlefields and trenches throughout our country’s rich history.

The School District of Glenwood City is proud to honor and recognize these individuals through the creation of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza located at the northeast corner the football field/track complex. This past Friday evening, August 21, prior to the home football opener against Frederic, the plaza was rededicated following its completion over the summer – the plaza now includes a memorial stone designating six different branches of the military; a bench dedicated in honor of Ellen Ainsworth; and the Honor and Remember flag that will fly above all Hilltoppers’ home events.

Perhaps the most special piece of this tribute are the over two-hundred and twenty-five pavers that have been placed in the plaza – each stone designating a Glenwood City graduate who has so willing served in the armed forces.

President Harry Truman may have best summed up our appreciation for these brave men and women when he said, “Our debt to the heroic men and women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices”.

Special recognition was given to the family of Chuck Rasmussen, the Glenwood Area Historical Society and the School District of Glenwood City School Board for their generous donations.

Serving as color guard at the event were four members of the Curry-Ainsworth American Legion Post #168: Jerome Koosmann, GCHS Class of 1960,
Army Veteran; Douglas Hill, GCHS Class of 1965, Air Force Veteran; Thomas Aebly, GCHS Class of 1967, Navy Veteran; and Alfred Schrank, Hammond High School Class of 1959, Marine Veteran.

The district will be honoring veterans at each of the home football games this year and hope to have nearly a dozen members present for the Homecoming game on September 18 when the Toppers host Mondovi.