Remembering Our Veterans

The 99th Veterans Day observance took place at the Green Mill Event Center on Saturday, November 11th. A combined effort of the Lyle Russell Post 1210 Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Nelson-Lucking Post 47 American Legion and their Auxiliary units, the event was attended by several comrades in arms, representing those who have fought and sacrificed for our country. Master of Ceremonies Richard Hullander noted the decline in the number of attendees, but also praised those who continue to promote and inform the public of the continued need to remember those who gave when duty called. Speaker Vicki Young Albu, a historian and genealogist, delivered a very localized view of the young men who went off from Dakota County to the War to End all Wars, WWI . Part of 2 waves of the draft which called 18-45 year olds into the last years of the war begun in 1914 and ending with Armistice Day on November 11th, 1918. Legion Commander Paul Fletcher, VFW Commander Lou Plevell and Cheryl Fox-Murdahl of the Auxiliary, joined in silent contemplation as Post Chaplain Kevin Kehn delivered a somber rendition of the poem In Flanders Fields.

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