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Veterans moved to tears at D.C. Everest musical

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - It was an emotional atmosphere Sunday afternoon at D.C. Everest High School in Weston.

Students in grades 6-12 performed a patriotic-themed musical called "We the People."

For the veterans in the audience, it was an especially moving performance.

"I was in Germany when they were building the Berlin Wall. After the Wall was built, we went on into different units all over Germany and I wound up in the Combat Engineers," said Casper Buettner of White Lake.

Randolph Seidens of Wausau also has significant military experience.

"I spent five years in regular army. Twenty and a half years in the Guard and I was in the Guard during the Cold War."

Sunday afternoon was an emotional celebration of men and women like them.

"You want to have tears come to your eyes a little bit," Seidens said.

The show's directors say the cast always kept veterans in mind during rehearsals.

"To recognize those people for giving us the things that they did, I mean, there's no better feeling than that," said Wendy Vesper, a co-director.

The tribute was not lost on veterans in the audience.

"It's hard to describe. I feel appreciated," Buettner said. His eyes welled with tears as he spoke.

It's not just the veterans who were touched by the power of the show.

"I've watched the kids. They cry. There are tears running down their faces. It's like they get it now. They understand what people have done for them," said Vesper.

During the finale, the message hit home.

"At the very end we sing the national anthem and everyone stands and sings. It's really a very tearful moment. It's a moment where it's like we're all Americans and we are really proud to be Americans," Vesper said.

Show organizers say part of the proceeds from this weekend's show will go to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight
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