Community honors and remembers on Memorial Day


June 2, 2023

Jana Peterson

With the Veterans Park memorial wall as a backdrop to Monday's Memorial Day Services, members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard stand at parade rest, ready for their next command.

Members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard made their longest and final Memorial Day stop - their 10th in three hours - at Veterans Park Monday.

It was a celebration of Memorial Day in its purest form: honoring the more than 1 million men and women who gave their lives on the field of battle in service of this country.

"Some fell during historic battles, with iconic names such as D-Day, Khe Sanh, Pearl Harbor, Fallujah, Ramadi," said master of ceremonies Troy Smith, retired Sgt. 1st Class and Adjutant for the Cloquet VFW. "Others fell on nondescript ground: the rice paddies of Vietnam, var...

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