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A proud moment

May 20, 2010 - Per Peterson
On Thursday afternoon, I took part in an awards presentation with our publisher, Russ Labat. Cpt. Steve Hall and Jim Mitchell, employer outreach coordinator, presented us a plaque and a Minnesota state flag that flew in Kuwait. It was basically a thank-you from the Minnesota National Guard, and the Independent was one of many business/organizations in Marshall that were recognized for their work and support of the troops. I was very proud to receive the plaque and the flag, but all the while all I could think was, “They were thanking us?” That’s backwards. We should be thanking them, over and over again, every time we see them. As Memorial Day approaches, please don’t forget to extend your appreciation to a soldier — whether they served in World War II, Korea, or somewhere in Afghanistan or Iraq, Kabul or Kuwait. What we did back home was nothing; we’ll proudly accept the thank-yous, but we don’t deserve them nearly as much as they do.


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