Sauk County soldiers who served in the Korean War will be awarded medallions Friday during a Veterans Day observance in Baraboo.
With the traditional Veterans Day date of Nov. 11 falling on Saturday, the holiday will be observed on Friday this year.
Baraboo High School’s Baraboo 21 Club will pin medallions on Korean War vets. The club was formed to create a memorial to local survivors of a European World War I battle, but has expanded its focus to honor veterans of other U.S. wars. It recognized World War II vets on Pearl Harbor Day, and Vietnam vets on Memorial Day.
Club adviser Steve Argo expects 30-40 Korean War vets to participate Friday. “We did want to let everyone know the importance of the Korean War veterans to our community,” he said. “It’ll be a nice present for all these guys.”
The club will distribute medallions shortly before the community’s Veterans Day observance begins at 11 a.m. Ceremonies at the Baraboo Civic Center will include appearances by the high school band, Mayor Mike Palm, and an honor guard. Baraboo 21 Club member Solveig Argo, the adviser’s daughter, will address the gathering.
The club hopes to dedicate on Veterans Day 2018 a memorial to the survivors of the 1918 Tuscania sinking. It has been approved for placement along the Riverwalk at Mary Rountree Evans Park. Steve Argo said fundraising efforts continue, including a recent donation of $1,000. “We’re making progress,” he said.
Veterans Day events continue throughout the weekend. The Baraboo Masonic Lodge, 108 Second St., will serve a free chili dinner to thank veterans and support the Badger Honor Flight program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday from 2-6 p.m., Baraboo Elks Lodge 688, 623 Broadway, will offer its annual veteran’s spaghetti dinner. Elks will serve spaghetti, breadsticks, desserts and beverages. Cost is $5 per person, but veterans eat for free. The Green Bay Packers game will be televised at the dinner.