Local high schoolers serve breakfast at Veterans Day ceremony

Posted at 12:49 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 13:57:14-05

Wisconsin Lutheran High School held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday.

More than 300 veterans were invited in for breakfast. Students, largely responsible for organizing the event, served them food and showered them with appreciation.

"All these people are so willing to serve and, honestly, it's such a blessing to be able to serve them and just say thank you," said WLHS Senior Anna Grepo, who helped organize the event. "We should have Veterans Day every day."

An assembly with students followed. The theme of this year's celebration was remembering the Korean War.

Maj. Glenn Dohrmann, a U.S. Army veteran, fought in the Korean War and was wounded three times. He was the only person in his 22-man company to make it home.

Dohrmann shared his story with students and other veterans at an assembly following Friday's breakfast.

"We have a tendency to forget (about veterans)," Dohrmann said. "It's good we're reminded regularly."

Dohrmann earned a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Medal of Honor nomination for his service. He said he had a simple message he wanted to convey about veterans.

"If you've gone through this sort of thing, you never forget it," he said. "There's a lot of guys you see every day who've been there, done that, and it's very tough."

"They've all got their own memories and, if they're like me, they remember every day," Dohrmann said.

The Veterans Day ceremony at Wisconsin Lutheran High School has now been running 23 years.