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Remembering those who serve

The Osakis High School Band plays patriotic music at Friday's Veterans Day program held in the school auditorium. (Emily Myrin / Osakis Review)1 / 2
Rob Matheny, group leader of the Osakis VFW Post 7902 Honor/Color Guard, carries the post's flag at the Osakis Veterans Day ceremony Friday. (Emily Myrin / Osakis Review) 2 / 2

Every foundational freedom or right that American citizens have is there because of the sacrifice of soldiers.

That was one of the main points that Pastor Randy Knuth from First Presbyterian Church impressed upon the audience of students, community members and veterans gathered in the Osakis High School auditorium for Veterans Day services Friday.

Knuth reflected that the word veteran is defined as, "a person who has had long experience in a particular field."

To the amusement of the veterans in attendance, Knuth noted that in the case of military veterans, "they have had a long experience in a particular field. That field being manual labor."

Sandy Spartz presented five veterans from the community with Quilts of Valor, made by members of the local Quilts of Valor organization. Spartz said the local division of the national organization is committed to making 150 quilts a year and dispersing them amongst local veterans.

The memorial service concluded with a solemn rendition of "Taps" by Osakis band director, Randy Resley.