Cpt. Eitenmiller of Camp Ripley to be keynote speaker at WDC's Veteran's Day program
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools is honored to announce that Captain Joachim Eitenmiller from Camp Ripley will be the keynote speaker for their Veteran’s Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Gymnasium.
“We are honored to have Cpt. Eitenmiller give the keynote address to students, veterans and the community at our Veteran’s Day program,” said WDC Vocal Instructor Mike Ortmann, who coordinates the school’s Veteran’s Day program.
Cpt. Joachim Eitenmiller has served over 17 years in both active duty and the Minnesota National Guard since his enlistment in the U.S. Army on July 22, 1997. Throughout those 17 years, he’s been a Military Intelligence non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer. He enlisted out of high school where he served four years in Augusta, Ga., as a Sergeant before returning to Minnesota in 2001.
He attended the University of Minnesota through the ROTC program where he graduated and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2004. He’s currently the Director of Public Safety at Camp Ripley in Little Falls and has served four tours overseas to include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and twice in Iraq where he earned the Bronze Star. He received his baccalaureate degree in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota and is currently completing his Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the American Military University. Recently married in January 2014, Cpt. Eitenmiller recently moved to the Camp Ripley area where he enjoys baseball, hunting and fishing.
WDC’s Veteran’s Day program will include the Presentation of Colors, student speakers and patriotic music by the WDC elementary students and the high school choir under the direction of Mary Ellenson and Mike Ortmann. WDC Superintendent Lee Westrum will serve as master of ceremonies.
“One of my favorite moments of the program is when our K-12 students sing a tribute to the Armed Services and those men and women stand and are recognized during their service song,” said Ortmann, adding, “It is a moving moment for those veterans and the audience.”
The WDC Student Council will be serving a free pancake breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Middle/High School Commons for veterans and their families.
Ortmann encourages the public to attend this patriotic Veteran’s Day ceremony presented by WDC Schools.
“It’s important to teach our youth the significance of Veteran’s Day. Patriotism is a value that must be taught and modeled for our young students. That’s why Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools believes in honoring our veterans each year with a program, not only to properly thank our country’s service men and women, but to help build the foundation for our youth to be proud and contributing citizens of our country,” said Ortmann.