Flood To Give Veterans Day Address

Veterans Day will be observed with a special program involving students from Elgin Public, Pope John Central Catholic XXIII and St. Boniface Schools next week.
The holiday, designated to honor the men and women who have served our country in times of war and peace, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Elgin High School gymnasium.
Members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts will participate in the ceremony which, annually, lasts approximately one hour. Students from the schools attend as do members of the public.
There will be special music performed by the Elgin Public School Band and a combined EPS/PJCC choir. Also, there will be patriotic readings from PJCC and EPS students. There will also be recognition of all veterans, led by EPS Principal Greg Wemhoff.
Guest speaker for this year’s program will be Michael J. Flood of Norfolk.
Flood was elected to represent the 19th Nebraska legislative district in 2004. He was elected Speaker of the Legislature in 2007 at age 31, becoming one of the youngest legislative speakers in the nation. Mike left the Nebraska Legislature in 2013 due to term limits. He was known in the Legislature as someone who could work out tough issues among senators and is the longest serving speaker in Nebraska history.
Prior to his legislative tenure, Mike founded and continues to operate KUSO-FM, US92 radio stations in Norfolk, Nebraska. He currently owns eight radio stations, two television stations and is partner in the private law firm Jewell & Collins.
In October 2010, Time Magazine named him as one of their “40 Under 40” rising stars of American politics.
Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001.
Mike is a board member for Children’s Scholarship Fund, Kreger Windmill Museum and Midwest Bank N.A. and is a member of Norfolk Rotary Club, Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Nebraska/Madison County Bar Association.
Mike and his wife Mandi live in Norfolk with their two sons Brenden and Blake.
All senior citizens and veterans are invited to eat at the Elgin Community Center following the program.