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Osakis honors veterans with wreaths

A group of Osakis area residents attend a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Armed Forces Memorial on Dec. 15. (Contributed) 1 / 3
A wreath was placed at the grave of Jim Tenhoff, who served the Osakis VFW as Honor Guard and Quartermaster for more than 43 years. (Contributed) 2 / 3
A group of about 50 volunteers gathered at the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial on Dec. 15 for Wreaths Across America. (Contributed)3 / 3

Osakis area residents of all ages and backgrounds came together for a common cause Saturday, Dec. 15 — placing wreaths on the graves of veterans as a special remembrance of those who fought for America's freedoms.

It was Wreaths Across America Day, observed on the third Saturday in December across the United States. The national nonprofit group places wreaths on the graves of veterans for the holiday season. The wreaths are purchased in advance by families or loved ones of the veterans.

Thousands of wreaths were laid at more than 1,500 cemeteries across the country. The purpose: To remember, honor and teach.

More than 50 volunteers met at the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial for the community's third annual Wreath Across America ceremony, which was supported by the Osakis VFW.

The volunteers consisted of young children all the way up to a 90-year-old Korean War veteran.

Seven wreaths, each representing a branch of the military, were placed at the foot of the memorial. Volunteers also placed wreaths at Calvary Cemetery, Lakeside Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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