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A salute to veterans: Veterans Day celebrated in Blackduck and Kelliher

To honor and celebrate our nation's veterans, several events were held in Blackduck and Kelliher last week. Students at Kelliher School presented essays written about the impact of Veterans Day, and two elementary choirs performed songs.

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Color Guard prepares to exit with the American flag at Kelliher School. (Audrey Zimmerman | The American)

To honor and celebrate our nation’s veterans, several events were held in Blackduck and Kelliher last week. Students at Kelliher School presented essays written about the impact of Veterans Day, and two elementary choirs performed songs.

In Blackduck, a concert was held with the high school band as well as songs performed by the choir. Band director Jeff Weaver invited current BSU band director and retired Maj. Scott Guidry of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., to conduct the final march with the band.

In a Facebook post, Guidry thanked Weaver and the Blackduck community for their honor to the local veterans.

“Americana was captured pitch-perfectly tonight in where else--a gymnasium, from the American Legion Commander’s opening remarks (with the aid of his oxygen tank, God bless him), to the pristine setting of the POW/MIA table, to the Chaplain’s opening invocation and benediction,” Guidry wrote. “It sure seemed as if most of the city (population 785!) was there, in support of our veterans.”

At both events, veterans were given a single red rose and thanked for their service by the students.

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