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VETERANS

The Honor Flight will take about 90 veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars to Washington, D. C.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1260 recently held a Pearl Harbor dinner and award ceremony at the Bemidji Eagles Club.
Hundreds of veterans from near and far gathered on Lake Bemidji on Saturday, Jan. 14, for the 15th annual Veterans Appreciation Snowmobile Ride.
U.S. Navy veteran Mikki Thompson, one of the first women to serve aboard a combat ship on the USS Vella Gulf, held on for one last visit from friends and fellow veterans before she died on Jan. 3.

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The In Country Motorcycle Club recently teamed up with the Garfield Lake Ice Racers to give ham or turkey holiday dinners to veterans and their families in the Laporte area.
As progress continues on the new Bemidji Veterans Home, set to open in 2023, Kevin Gish has been selected as the facility's administrator.
The Northland Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held a wreath-laying ceremony to ensure veterans were honored and remembered on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Greenwood Cemetery.
Along with other Sanford Health leadership and Bemidji State administration in attendance, Paul Weckman, head of military and veteran affairs at Sanford, presented Donley with a check and a challenge coin as part of Sanford’s Military and Veteran Scholarship program.
“We’re here today to honor our heroes and remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication,” Lincoln Elementary Principal Jason Luksik said during the program, “and to say ‘thank you’ for their sacrifices.”

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Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School honored veterans this past week by making wall displays that included names of each ogichidaa or ogichidaakwe — a warrior or veteran — from their families and community.
A handful of Bemidji State University students and staff along with members of VFW Post No. 1260 gathered in front of Deputy Hall on Thursday to raise a flag in honor of the men and women who fought for our country’s freedom.
The Northland Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol again this year will work to ensure all veterans laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day.

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