Program to be held in SPHS Performing Arts Center starting at 9:30 a.m.
St. Peter resident Mark W. Roemhildt, Commander, USN (retired), will be the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day program at Saint Peter High School on Monday, Nov. 11. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the SPHS Performing Arts Center, and it is put on each year by the school’s social studies department.
All area veterans are welcome to attend, and a special reception for veterans will be held before the program. Donuts and coffee will be served in the Saint Peter Community Room, next to the commons area. The public is also invited to attend the program.
Roemhildt is a native of St. Peter and graduated from St. Peter High School in 1987. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned his Commission as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. He was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer and served on nearly every ship class in the US Navy. He completed multiple deployments around the world while conducting a wide variety of missions: he worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to intercept illegal narcotics bound for the United States; he was involved in the initial naval response while stationed in the Middle East following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; and he was at the forefront of efforts to provide humanitarian aid to heavily damaged areas in Indonesia and Thailand following the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. He worked closely with the Korean Navy to plan for the defense of the Korean peninsula and he held a variety of positions with Military Sealift Command, which oversees the maritime movement of logistical materials globally.
He completed overseas assignments in the Middle East, Italy, Japan, Hawaii, and Singapore and earned a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Business Administration from North Central University. He retired from the Navy in 2016 after 25 years of commissioned active duty service.
He is the son of a veteran, a brother of a veteran, and has six close family members who are also veterans.
Music for the program will be presented by the Saint Peter Concert Choir, under the direction of Scott Hermanson, and by the Saint Peter High School Concert Band, under the direction of Dave Haugh. Members of the William R. Witty American Legion Post 37 Color Guard will also participate.
A special veterans’ recognition will also be presented by SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger honoring those SPHS alums who have served in the armed forces.
PARKING INFO: Those attending the Veterans Day program are encouraged to park in the lots on the west side of the new SPHS building near the event (gym) entrance.