St. Peter’s annual Veterans Day program will feature Rep. Clark Johnson.

Johnson, DFL-North Mankato, is in his third term of representing the St. Peter area in the Minnesota House. Johnson, a retired educator, said it’s an important day.

“It’s just a special day to remember what is really formidable service to our country,” he said.

While Johnson did not serve in the military, his father and father-in-law, as well as uncles on both his and his wife’s side, did. He said he will share his thanks and respect and talk about “the depth of what it means to be a veteran, from my vantage point.”

Dan Clark, social studies teacher, said he decided to ask Johnson to speak to bring a different perspective to the program.

“We have had a variety of different veterans speak at our Veterans Day programs in the past, and I think it is good to add the civilian’s voice to the mix,” Clark said. “(Johnson) has a social studies background and understands the important role the military plays in our society. I know he will do a good job of honoring our veterans and helping students gain some perspective on what important sacrifices our veterans have made throughout our history.”

The program is at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the St. Peter High School gymnasium. The program is free and open to the public. Visitors can park in the west student parking lot, closest to the gym, and enter through the west doors.

There will be a doughnut and coffee reception for veterans beforehand in the St. Peter Community Room, east of the gymnasium.

Members of the William R. Witty American Legion Post 37 will participate, with music provided by the St. Peter High School band and choir.

Reach Associate Editor Nancy Madsen at 507-931-8568 or follow her on Twitter.com @SPHnancy.

Nancy Madsen has written for newspapers in Watertown, N.Y., and Mankato, as well as for PolitiFact Virginia at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va. Nancy is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

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