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Thankful for veterans and volunteers

Community comes together for Veterans Day dinner


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HIBBING — The Veterans Day dinner at the Hibbing Memorial Building this year was a success, thanks to all who participated and contributed to the event.

Many groups and individuals banded together to help, including Commander Mike Pistilli and the Mid-Range Honor Guard, who provided the 21-gun salute and played “Taps.” American Legion Commander Al Nickila was the master of ceremonies, and students from Victory Christian Academy chimed in with a selection of military and other songs.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1221 Auxiliary, with the help of Marie Pierce, created an assortment of flags, rulers, pencils, and poppies for the children.

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Speakers included Larry Pocrnick, 8th District commander of the American

Legion; Beth Pulsfuss, retired sergeant from the U.S. Army; and Phil Bodel, vice-commander of the American Legion. Bodel spoke about what Masons do for our veterans, and Pulsfss, who works at area VA clinics, spoke about her own military service. Pastor Olson delivered the invocation and closing prayer.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we were unable to present a program for veterans in area nursing homes or for home-bound veterans. We appreciate the efforts of Sandi Radovich, DAV 03 Auxiliary commander, for bringing gift bags for veterans in these areas.

Volunteers who assisted at the event location included those from the Dance Club and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Carol Lee and the seniors helped serve and clean up, while Randy and the staff at the Memorial Building made sure everything was set up and ready to go in the Little Theater and the dining hall. Ron Wirkkula did the filming for Hibbing Public Access Television.

We appreciate Vic’s Crane and Heavy Haul, Inc. for flying the American flag and the POW flag for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other appropriate occasions.

Last, but not least, thank you to all the veterans and their families who attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the program.

Barbara Hemenway lives in Meadowlands and is chair of the Veterans House Committee, president of VFW Auxiliary 1221, and president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222. She is a 60-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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