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Band director Jeff Weaver, top, and the Blackduck High School band perform during the Veteran's Day program.

Veterans' Day Concert

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Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Veterans' Day Concert
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Blackduck High School Band and Choir, in conjunction with the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post and Auxiliary #372 honored area veterans Nov. 11 with a stirring program.

Post Chaplain, Bud Olson gave the invocation and benediction and high school Junior, Matthew Jedlicka was the keynote speaker, with a beautiful tribute, entitled "The National Debt."

The band, under the direction of Jeff Weaver, played four numbers, including one with several patriotic songs and the service songs of each of the five branches of the U.S. Military. Veterans from each service stood to be recognized as their service song played, while Marine Veteran Lee Coe, who also leads the Honor Guard and Army Veteran Jennifer Parker, lead the singing of each song, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.

Becky Haugen's choir followed with four numbers, including solos by Emily Biberg and Jessica Smith and ending with a beautiful number called Thank You, Soldiers, during which a video presentation of our nations soldiers was shown.

The concert was well attended and veterans received handmade cards from Blackduck Elementary students as well.

Pioneer staff reports