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Pa00e 2 Opinion Kingston community dedicates memorial Dille commended the project for raising $38,000 so far, all in private donations, under the leadership of John and Sandy Smith, and Dick and Julie Orn. Dille spoke of visiting Jericho, Vermont, and how happy he was to find a monument in the center of that town with the names of two of his ancestors, Civil War veterans, on it. "The same thing will be occurring here. People will be coming back and look- ing at all these bricks or pavers and find- ing their ancestors and relatives. It will be a great thing to help preserve the memory of these wars and the memory and express our appreciation to those who have served," he said. The site of the Veterans Memorial in Kingston was once the hardware store. What some may not know is that original hard- ware store was also a John Deere dealership, the one later sold to Mike Mies in 1946 and then moved to Watkins; it&apos;s now the busi- ness known as Vlies Outland. Mike Kingery spoke of the importance of including young people in memorial ser- vices like this and Memorial Day. "l'm grate- ful to see all the young people here," he said. He lamented that often his children are among only a few at such services. Children, he believes, will have a deeper appreciation for their country, what it stands for, and the price paid for it (the service of our veterans), if they know its history. . "When kids understand the history of baseball," Kingery explained as an example, "they tend to respect it a little bit more.'! Front photo of Kingston Legion Color Guard includes, left to right, Gary Man- sicka, Eugene Rumsey, John Smith, Phlip Rokala, Paul Keranen, Keith Hanson, Harry Marsh, Jerry Jeppesen, Mike Granquist, Dale Atkinson, Darrell Hedlund, and Lukus Lekander. Richard Schultz (at right) came from Golden Valley to witness the Memorial dedication. The 91-year- old said, "This was quite By ]ean Doran Matua More than 500 people - current and past Kingston residents, veterans, family and friends - gathered on a beautiful fall Satur- day (Sept. 24) to dedicate the newly com- pleted Veterans Memorial in downtown Kingston. A total of 242 paver stones have been set along the walkway to and from the black granite monument commemorating all those who have served in the United States armed forces. (The list of 242 names so hon- ored is primed in two columns at right.) The next phase of the memorial park will add another walkway, in the center, with room for more paver stones. This third walkway will lead to a monument for the fallen sol- dier once it'is completed. The dedication program began at 2 p.m. with music from the Kingery Family of Grove City. "America" and a finale of "God Bless America" were sung and played by the talented musical family, and they fit beauti- fully inthe program. Kim Orn, daughter of Julie and Dick Orn and third-generation Kingstonian, served as emcee for the program. Nicole Knick- erbacker led the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rebecca Atkinson sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." A roll call of the 242 names represented in the memorial was read by Mary Jane Arens, Ned Root, Lukus Lekander, and Alice .Root. The Kingston American Legion Post rved as Color Guard, and the Wat-Kim-Valle VFW MIA/POW Honor Guard also was present. Kingston Mayor John Smith spoke briefly; he is one of the core people responsible for the memorial. "I just always wanted and think about something to bring peopleback to Kingston, and I guess I got awinner," he saidwith break- ing voice. "I get emotional to see so many people here." "I think this is an honor for Kingston to have this here, and I hope all you people appreciate it, and generations to come. And don't forget to come back to Kingston once in awhile arid view it," Smith added. Former Minnesota Senator Steve Dille, another Kingston native, spoke about the history and impor- a day of remembrance tance of Kingston. "This is one of the for me, that awful winter nicest monuments for veterans that I think l've ever seen, and it's right here in little Kingston; something we can really be proud of," said Dille. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. of '44-'45." He recalled a number of specific memories like, as a young man, wading into France in water up to his neck. It was indeed a day for memories, and for ihonoring all those who have served in the military. It is estimated that somewhere between 500-600 people gathered in Kingston for thB dedication of the Veterans Memorial Saturday after- noon, Sept. 24. The Kingery Family (at left) provided music for.the ceremony. Contact Sandy Smith if you would like to purchase a paver to commemorate a veteran in the Kingston Veterans Memorial park. (320) 398-8025. Photos and video of this ceremony are available in the "Photo Gallery" at www.tricountynews. MN. A website is being developed for the memorial as well, at KingstonMemoriaL org. Thursday, September 29, 2011 7C9 nuty eN ws Kimball, MN Clifford Ailie Mark Ailie Arnold Anderson Carold Anderson Clifford Anderson David C. Anderson Dennis L. Anderson Donald Anderson Eldor C. Anderson Frank Anderson Harold Anderson James Anderson Marlyn Anderson Orville E. Anderson Raymond A. Anderson Todd W. Anderson Vernon Anderson Robert Arens Dale Atkinson William Benson Donald C. Besonen John A. Besonen John W. Besonen Paul Besonen Richard Besonen Roger E. Bobrowske Rudolph Boline Donald D. Branson Duane A. Branson Elmer Branson Herbert R. Branson Robert S. Branson Wells Bruce Rudy Burgstaler EIIsworth Carlson William G. Carlson William J. Carlson Dean Cates Jr. Jedidiah Cates Michael Cates Paul Cates Harry W. Christenson Robert Christefferson Wallace Compton Art Cooley Ervin Dahl Ron Die[man Nicholas A. Dille Kenneth Dorman Joseph G. Duclos Elmer Engelbrekt Chester Erickson Donald Ericksen Douglas Erickson Gordon Erickson Matt Flynn Henry Forslin Kenneth Gustafson Reino Haapojaki Edwin O. Hallberg Mathilda K. Hallberg Ernest Hamilton Gregory Hamilton Keith Hanson Leroy Hanson Clarence Hedlund Darrel Hedlund Dean Hedlund Larry Hedlund Michael Hedlund Albin Hendrickson Daniel Hendrickson David V. Hendrickson Francis E. Hendrickson Harley Hendrickson Marvin Hendrickson Roger A. Hendrickson Steven H. Hendrickson Walter Hendrickson Robert Hermann Albert Hess Dale Hess Donald Hokkala Gerald Hokkaia Gordon Hokkala Hjalmar Hokkala Charles Hokkanen EliasW. Hokkanen Jack Hokkanen Jerry Hokkanen Laurence Horwath John Inselman Randy Inselman Delbert C. Isaacson Brian Jacobson Oscar E. Jatko Clarence Jensen Jerry Jeppesen )nard Douglas Johnson E. Ray Johnson Harlan Johnson Harold Johnson Vendell Lincoln Johnson Hubert Juusola William Juusola Harry J. Kangas Eddie O. Kelly Reino Kelly Paul Keranen Robert A. Kingman Bernard Kling Donald Kling Oscar Kling Aloyis Knickerbocker Clarence Lekander Daniel J. Lekander Lukus J. Lekander Walter Leppa Arnold Lundeen Alvin Leukuma Dwight Maikkula George Maikkula Marvin Maikkula Glen Robert Maikkula Carl J. Mansicka C Gary Mansicka Harry Marsh Charles Marks Richard Marks Robert J. Marks Calvin McCain Walton McCain James Merila Peter Merila Clyde Miller Donald Moen Robert C. Munter Charles Myllykangas Gordon Myllykangas James Myllykangas Robert Myllykangas William Myllykangas Floyd Nelson Lyle Nelson Harlan Norgren Earl Nystrom Donald Oberg Edward Obinger Gary Olson Lawrence Olson Odin Olson Alfred W. Opsahl Donald Opsahl Rangvald Opsahl George Orn Howard Orn Reino Orn Richard Orn William Orn William R. Orn Leonard Pelto Alden Peterson Alvin Peterson Arnold Peterson Oscar Peterson Rober Peterson Wilbert E. Peterson Willard Peterson Melvin Ranta Clarence (Gene) Rice George Rice Uoyd Wallace Ring Rich Ring Andrew Rokala Earl Rokala Eddie Rokala Eric Rokala John Rokala Milton Rokala Philip Rokala Richard Rokala Roger Rokala Arvid Root Larry Root Ned Root Theodore (Ted) Root Eugene Rumsey Gerald Rumsey Glendale Rumsey Arnold Ruotsinoja Edwin J. Ruotsinoja William Ruotsinoja Benjamin Salme!a Hilbert Sammeli Todd Sandin Clifford Sandlund George Saukkola Arnold Sikkila Clifford Sikkila Earl (Bud) Sikkila Harry Sikkila Marvin Sikkila George W. Smith Gunnar C. Smith John W. Smith George Snow Herman Snow Stanley Snow" Walfred Stein Kurt Stelton Ronald C. Strand Andrew Taina Jmes Taina Joseph Taina Rhonda Taina Burdette Thompson Derek Tiemann Phil Tipka Rudolph M. 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