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Two Harbors pays Memorial Day tribute

Zandra Kessler and Jozee Wiita-Kessler, 5, sprinkle flower petals in the Agate Bay boat landing to commemorate fallen servicemembers at sea. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 6
N.V. "Vince" Sando, Lake County veterans service officer, salutes the flag after raising it during the ceremony at Lake View Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 6
Lukas Poe, a member of the Two Harbors High School trapshooting team, spends Friday, May 25, placing flags on veterans' graves at the Lake View Cemetery. The team volunteered to help place flags. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 6
Margaret Nurmi of the VFW Auxiliary Post 137 and Zandra Kessler of the American Legion Auxiliary 109 place a wreath at the Lake View Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)4 / 6
American flags were placed by volunteers on every grave marked with military honors or veteran in the Lake View Cemetery. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)5 / 6
Two Harbors City Band member Andrew Schreyer plays taps during the Memorial Day ceremony at Lake View Cemetery while attendees salute or place their hands on their hearts. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)6 / 6

Community members and veterans gathered Monday, May 28, in memory of fallen service members.

Two Harbors' Memorial Day service started in the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. Members of the Two Harbors City Band led a tribute to the fallen service members by playing selections from the various fight songs from the military branches.

Army Sgt. Keith Larson, a Two Harbors native, spoke of his experiences in Vietnam, where he was part of the 7th Special Forces Group, a highly classified military organization. Larson was pinned down and surrounded by enemy forces on Christmas Eve 1971. He recalled how two members of the 101st Air Unit flew in and extracted his team.

"They have given me every day since that Christmas Eve," Larson said. "We are so lucky to have people like that. They come from all walks of life. When we think of what we have, we have this occasion to let everybody know that what we have comes at a cost."

Larson promised the two service members that he would bury each of them in due time. He has since attended each of their funerals.

"I kept my promise and my promise is almost done," Larson said. "My promise now is that as long as I have breath in me, I will tell you about the importance of our service people who protect us, who ask for nothing other than a little bit of respect. They're truly, truly incredible people."

Following the service at the high school, members of the American Legion Post 109 Honor Guard presented the colors and fired volleys at the Lake View Cemetery while Andrew Schreyer played taps on the bugle. The service then shifted to Agate Bay boat landing, where a floral arrangement was placed on the water to honor those who served at sea.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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