In their honor: Events set for Veterans Day in Alexandria, Nelson, OsakisDid you know that in 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery?
Did you know that in 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery?
Did you know that Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution? Did you know that between the American Revolution, which began in 1775 and Desert Shield/Desert Storm, which ended in 1991, there have been more than 43.1 million servicemen and women who served during wartime?
And did you know that the first celebration using the term Veterans Day took place in Birmingham, Alabama in 1947?
The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be a memorial built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. Traditionally, services take place at 11 a.m. on November 11 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
At least three events are being planned around Douglas County. They are:
American Legion Post 87 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936, both of Alexandria, invite the public to the community Veterans Day Ceremony.
The event will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Living Waters Church in Alexandria.
The guest speaker is Vicki Berberich of Alexandria, who has been an employee at Bremer Bank for the past 14 years.
Berberich was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for four years. She was stationed in Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Twentynine Palms, California as part of the 1st Force Service Support Group at the Marine Air Ground Combat Center.
During her time at the combat center, Desert Shield/Desert Storm erupted and she volunteered to be deployed.
Berberich spent six months at the Port of Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
She has received numerous awards and medals for her service in the military, including the National Defense Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
Berberbich and her husband of nearly 19 years, Kyle, who also served in the Marine Corps, live in Douglas County with their three sons, Todd, 17; Lane, 14; and Brady, 11.
All veterans and guests are invited to attend this special tribute to local veterans.
The 10th annual Veterans Day Balloon Release will take place Wednesday, November 11 at 4 p.m. at the Corral Supper Club in Nelson.
Balloons are furnished free and can be picked up by 3:45 p.m. at either the Corral or Diamond Jim’s in Nelson.
A brief ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Corral before the balloons are released. The balloon release is a way to honor all who have served in the military, no matter when – peace time or war time – or where – stateside or foreign country.
There will be a free barbecue lunch following the ceremony and balloon release at the Corral Supper Club.
Those unable to attend can still have a balloon released to honor a veteran. Contact Sandy Flinn at (320) 762-8007 and leave your name, phone number and the name of the person you wish to honor.
The Osakis VFW Post 7902 and Auxiliary are sponsoring a Veterans Day program Wednesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Osakis High School.
The high school band and choir will perform during the ceremony. In place of a speaker, a video presentation featuring local World War II veterans will be shown.
The public is encouraged to attend the program in honor of all veterans and service men and women who are serving in the war.
Visitors are reminded that parking is extremely limited. Those who have trouble walking may park at the Osakis Lutheran Church; others are encouraged to park at the Osakis VFW and carpool.