Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Airra Saunders
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Paying homage to the veterans in our community


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Zach Wilder, Willow River, MN, with his two sons.

For many people, Memorial Day is a holiday that marks the beginning of the summer season, a holiday where we can get together with our families and friends and enjoy the three-day weekend. But for many Americans, it is also a time to mourn those loved ones lost and a time to commemorate our veterans. We remember and honor the glory of those men and women who have served in our United States military.

When seeking out veterans with a story to share, it became clear that though there are many veterans, the stories are not always shareable. This dedication goes out to all the veterans: past and present, deceased or alive. We acknowledge those veterans who experienced World War II, those veterans drafted or enlisted during Vietnam unaware of what was to come, those veterans protecting our nation post-9/11, and for all of the veterans still serving in the United States military today-we honor your service and appreciate your commitment.

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Kenneth Nelson, 82, Askov, MN

In celebration of this coming Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, the Moose Lake Star Gazette would like to acknowledge some of our local veterans. We would like to place the spotlight on Kenneth Nelson. Nelson is 82 years old, and he is from Askov, Minnesota. Nelson served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1959. His family is proud of his service and would like to thank him for dedicating time to this country.

We would also like to recognize Sgt. Zach Wilder of Willow River, Minnesota. Wilder joined the United States National Guard in 2008. He was deployed in 2009-2010 to RC South Afghanistan, FOB Leatherneck and then deployed again 2013-2014 RC East Afghanistan, FOB Bagram. Wilder is still presently active in the military. When he is not on duty, he is busy spending time with his wife and two sons.

Thank you veterans for all you do and all you have done, and most importantly, thank you to all the men and women who have had to sacrifice their own life to keep us safe and free. You are in our minds, and you are in our hearts, this Memorial Day.


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