I want to thank my alma mater, Case High School, and their Patriot Club for inviting me back to participate in their 2017 Veterans Day celebration activities.

My fellow Badger state citizens of Racine, if you weren't in attendance Thursday night, Nov. 9, you missed it. Under the guidance and supervision of my class of '78 classmate Mark Petersen, his 30 member Patriot Club put on a first class recognition ceremony that deserves every area veteran and citizens attention.

The Case High School Master singers were absolutely fabulous singing the National Anthem, Military Services medley and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Those combined 24 voices were world-class in their harmonies and total performance. The Racine Area Veterans Color Guard did a fantastic job presenting and retiring the colors, as well as their POW/MIA Table presentation. It was certainly a distinct pleasure and high honor to be among my fellow Racine area veterans and their families, and especially the members of the Case High Patriot Club who put their heart and soul into their efforts and it showed.

My remarks aside, words cannot accurately express how wonderful it is to know my alma mater, 40 years after my departure, still understands that freedom is not free, and we live in a land of the free because of the brave. Mark your calendars for next year’s program “Racine-ites,” this is a celebration that all Americans can enjoy and appreciate. Bravo, Case High School, and its Patriot Club, job well done.

Jeffrey Unger, MSgt, USAF (retired)

DeForest

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