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"You cannot put a value on your family, faith or friendship," Bronze Star recipient James Baier said Thursday, Nov. 9 at Elmwood's Veterans Day ceremony. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 14
Elmwood American Legion Post 207 members wave at family and friends before the Veterans Day ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 14
Elmwood American Legion Post 207 member, including James Baier (far right, in white) at the Elmwood schools’ Veterans Day ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 14
James Baier received a Bronze Star from Ron Kind Congressional Aide Mark Aumann Thursday, Nov. 9 at Elmwood's Veterans Day ceremony. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 14
James Baier recognized Bronze Star recipient Don Schmitz (left) as his mentor during his speech Thursday, Nov. 9 at Elmwood High School. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 14
The thermometer hovered around 20 degrees during the rifle salute at Elmwood High School Thursday, Nov. 9, in honor of Veterans Day. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 14
Elmwood High School student Tanner Blanford was Elmwood American Legion Post 207’s Badger Boys State candidate, honored by Commander Jerome Buerkle Thursday, Nov. 9 during Elmwood’s Veterans Day ceremony. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 14
James Baier had a long list of names to honor and thank during his Bronze Star acceptance speech Thursday, Nov. 9 at Elmwood High School. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 14
James Baier’s family filled rows of chairs at the Elmwood High School Veterans Day ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9, where Baier received a Bronze Star. His daughter, Amy, wife Joanne and granddaughter were in the front row. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 14
Elementary students K-4 saluted veterans Thursday, Nov. 9 in Elmwood with "On Veteran's Day." Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 14
Elmwood schoolchildren created this American flag out of individual drawings, on display in the Red Zone gym. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia12 / 14
Elmwood American Legion Post 207 Auxiliary members prepared a lunch for veterans and their family and friends, served at the Elmwood Auditorium after the schools' Veterans Day ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 14
Ron Kind Congressional Aide Mark Aumann presented Elmwood veteran James Baier with a Bronze Star Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Elmwood Veterans Day Ceremony in the Red Zone gymnasium. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 14

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.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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