Before he served the Milaca community as a teacher, assistant principal and eventually principal of the high school, Damian Patnode served his country in the United States Army.
It was with that prior service in mind that Patnode decided to extend an invitation to area residents to come and share a Veterans Day concert and celebration with Milaca High School students.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the school. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to the concert choir and symphonic bands perform patriotic music such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America The Beautiful.”
“We’re hoping to make it an annual event,” Patnode said. “I think it’s important to honor those who have served. Everybody likes a blank check, right? Well, they’ve basically given a blank check to our country.”
Patnode has also invited representatives from the Milaca American Legion and VFW to present the colors. As he is a member of both organizations, Patnode said he felt it was important the veterans’ groups were part of the program.
“I served, so I know what it’s like,” he said. “I don’t think people realize the sacrifice that not only veterans make, but their families, too.”
The one-hour planned event may evolve into a longer program, in which case it will be moved into the evening if the community shows enough interest and support. Patnode was pleased the option to invite the public was available.
“A lot of times the things we do here, logistically, it’s not always easy to open it to the public,” he said. “But the more we integrate with the community, the better.”