As a part of its Veterans Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, the Elmwood School District honored James Baier, who received a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War.
"First of all, it's not just for me," Baier said to the Herald in October. "It's for the Village, the people who've served."
Congressional aide for Ron Kind Mark Aumann presented Baier with the Bronze Star. During his speech, Baier honored Bronze Star recipient Don Schmitz and Double Bronze Star recipient Danny Weyer, along with his family, many of whom were in attendance.
The 1963 Elmwood High School graduate called special attention to his wife of 47 years, Joanne; their daughter Amy and granddaughter.
"You cannot put a value on your family, faith and friendship," Baier said. "But if you could, you'd be looking at the richest man in the world."
The celebration also included appearances by Elmwood schools' choirs and band, Chaplain Ellis Poquette, Elmwood American Legion Post 207 Commander Jerome Buerkle, Freedom Honor Flight attendee Merlin Place, Badger Boys State recipient Tanner Blanford, Pierce County Commander Howie Nelson and school officials.
Local armed service personnel killed or missing in action were remembered, including James Asher, Pat Burke, Arnold Condit, Albert Crain, Walter Cropp, Max Crownhart, Denton DeLong, John Jensen, Joe Kainz, DAryl Lauer, Harry Ottman, Robert Seitz, Fredrick Styer and Edward Wurtz.