A Special Tribute for our local Vets

Veterans Day is a day that has been set aside to honor our military Veterans.

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, as the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

What is the definition of a Veteran:
1. An old soldier of long service
2. A former member of the armed services

�Veteran� is an all-encompassing word that lumps every former servicemember into a group of special individuals. Every person has their reason for serving and every person has their reason for getting out. Regardless, they are still a Veteran and are entitled to the benefits and respect that come with the title. However, there are many men and women who struggle these days with labeling themselves as a Veteran. �How can you be a part of a group of individuals who include people like the elderly WWII Vets who saw and experienced much more horrific and incredible things than yourself? Those whose lives were truly in danger and those who made serious risks and sacrifices are on a totally different level than you! How can you bear that same title?�

Yes, you may have served in some branch of service, 2 years, 4 years, 10 years or more. Therefore, by definition, you, too, are labeled as a �Veteran�. However, you can�t help but think that what you may have done and your service hardly warrants the esteemed title. In your mind, Veterans are an entirely different generation of men and women � those who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Korea and the Middle East. The ones who saw battle unfold before their very eyes and crossed into enemy territories not because they wanted to, but because they knew it was the right thing to do as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. You may have never fired a missile, never saw battle and most certainly never felt like your life was in danger. Only you can know the struggle you face as others call you a Veteran. You feel that your service hardly warrants being categorized with those who truly risked their lives for our nation and its causes.

For this day, we honor every man and woman who have served in some capacity of the Armed services. When you signed up for the service, you signed a contract saying you would fulfill your duty to this great nation we call the United States. We honor our Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Yes, you may have never gone to war, but you are to be honored as well. You served with pride and dignity. You are all Vets and for this we HONOR each of you this day and every day.

We thank each of our men and women who have been in harms way and sacrificed their lives for our freedom and the freedom of others. Thank you for giving of yourselves and to our country.

Please enjoy the photos that have been sent to the DNW. It will always be archived in the Delta News Web files. We will be working on expanding this tribute to all of our local vets. If you have articles, photos or anything you would like to share with the DNW to add to this scrapbook for our community vets, please send it to webeditor@deltanewsweb.com



This week, Tuesday, November 6, Godfrey Knight went home to be with the Lord.  He was a man of integrity.  He shared so much knowledge with our community and always had a good story to tell. We will miss you. Our prayers are with his family as he lives on in their hearts.

Godfrey was a WWII Veteran; served in the US Navy on a destroyer as a radar man, he survived active combat and ship bombs.

Photo Courtesy Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minnesota



  Rick Tirrell - U.S. Army - 20 years Marlin Dunklebarger - US Army 3 years Pat McKeen - U.S. Marines - 6 years  
  Art Lenon - U.S. Army - 2 years Bernard "Butch" Goodno. U.S. Marine 4 years  & 3 years U.S. Army Jay Ruiz - U.S. Army - Currently serving  
  Chas Rivard - U.S. Army - 5 years Crystal Wood - U.S. Army - 3 years Mike Frank - U.S. Army - Currently Serving  
  Jason Woodcox - U.S. Army - 10 years James Smith - U.S. Marines - 11 years Ben Geagley - U.S. Army - 33 years  
  Ron Magee -U.S. Marines - 5 years active, 6 years inactive reserve service. Rosie Rivard - U.S. Army - 10 years Jay White - U.S. Army - 2 years  
  Glen Wright I was stationed in Chicago at 5th Army Hdqtrs. in G2 section from June 1959 thru December 1960. I was drafted January 6, 1959. My Captain (Stoeble) kept increasing my MOS so that he would not lose me to being shipped to Korea and have to train some one else. It was real tough duty, I lived off post, had a second job and spent time at Whit Sox or Cubs ball parks or at the horse race tracts.
Art Lawrence - U.S. Army - 20 years

Bob Edwards, Vietnam Vet, 2 yrs.


Photos are courtesy of Barb Tharp, Rachael Woodcox and Pam Dunklebarger

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