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Vietnam disabled vet Jon Hovde to be keynote speaker at WDC’s Veteran’s Day program

Dana Pavek, WDC Schools

Vietnam disabled veteran and author Jon Hovde will be the keynote speaker at Wadena-Deer Creek high school’s Veteran’s Day program, Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

“We are honored to have Mr. Hovde give the keynote address to students, veterans and the community at our Veteran’s Day program,” said WDC Music Instructor Mike Ortmann, who coordinates the school’s Veteran’s Day program.

This is Hovde’s second time as keynote speaker at WDC’s Veteran’s Day program.  Hovde was the school’s very first speaker eight years ago, when WDC high school began hosting the program.

Hovde is a national motivational speaker and co-author of the book, “Left for Dead: A Second Life After Vietnam.” He is a double amputee who has overcome life’s obstacles and inspires audiences with his courage. Hovde retired from 3M and is the former president of the Minnesota School Boards Association. He served on the Fertile-Beltrami (Minn.) School Board for 16 years.

WDC’s Veteran’s Day program will include the Presentation of Colors, student speakers and patriotic music by the WDC band and choir. WDC Superintendent Lee Westrum will serve as master of ceremonies. A pancake breakfast for veterans and their families will be served by the Wadena-Deer Creek Student Council from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Commons.   

The public is encouraged to attend this Veteran’s Day ceremony.