Wisconsin Lutheran H.S. students honor local military veterans

Students at Wisconsin Lutheran High School served breakfast to almost 400 veterans Thursday morning. 

It was part of the school's annual Veterans Day Celebration, which is organized by the student council and put on almost entirely by students. 

This year's theme was "The Vietnam War: A Hero's Homecoming." 

The ceremony honored all local military personnel who have served in the U.S. armed forces, and the featured speaker was local Vietnam War veteran Chaplain Ray W. Stubbe. 

Stubbe spoke about the challenges he and other Vietnam veterans face when they returned home from war, as well as about his time in the military. 

Stubbe was a Navy chaplain during the Vietnam War and survived the Siege at Khe Sanh. In an effort to prevent soldiers from becoming easy targets in large groups, Stubbe went into the trenches himself and led over 20 or 30 prayer services each day. 

On Thursday, he said he was humbled and honored to be around so many students thanking him for his service. 

"It's just so inspiring to see all these young people putting on something like this," Stubbe said. 

Faith Goede, the President of Wisconsin Lutheran High School's Student Council, said it's an enjoyable experience serving breakfast to the veterans. 

"We're a school that focuses on servant leadership," said Goede, a senior. "We want to cultivate it and encourage it in our students for as long as we can." 

"To watch how much all of these students care, it's just inspirational," Goede said. 

School officials said Wisconsin Lutheran H.S. has been putting on the Veterans Day celebration for 24 years. 

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