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Video: Howard Hong’s WWII Jeep makes its VFW debut with Craig Redalen behind the wheel

Back on May 18, I reported that I was going to do a story about a WWII Jeep that had recently been donated to VFW Post 4393.  Craig Redalen at Northfield’s VFW Post 4393 had given me the opportunity to take photos of it but I didn’t have time to do the whole story.  I contacted Corey Butler at Northfield Patch to see if he was interested and he was.  A few days later, Patch published Rob Hardy’s story with my photos: WWII Jeep Finds New Home at Northfield VFW:

Craig Redalen & WWII JeepIn 1946, Howard Hong left Northfield for war-ravaged Europe. The young St. Olaf philosophy professor, who would later become internationally known as a scholar and translator of the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, had spent the war working at prisoner of war camps in Missouri and Iowa. When the war ended, he was called to service as senior field officer for the Refugee Division of the World Council of Churches. Between 1946 and 1948, he helped to resettle more than 250,000 war refugees.

During that time, Hong also became the owner of an iconic 1942 Willys Army Jeep, a veteran of the Normandy invasion, which he purchased at a U.S. Army auction in Paris. Back home in Minnesota… (continued)

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Craig Redalen drove the Jeep to and from today’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial. I’ll have more photos when I publish my album of the event but here’s a 30-second video clip of Craig’s departure.

Photo album: Memorial Day ceremony, 2011

Among the speakers on Monday for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial: VFW Post 4393 member Ken Grism, Bethel Lutheran Pastor Timothy McDermott, Retired Army Major John Fleming, Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha, Northfield American Legion Commander Ray Ozman, and VFW Post 4393 Commander Bill Murphy.

Among my favorite photos:

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See my album of 102 photos, view the large slideshow (recommended), or slow-click this small slideshow:

Memorial Day ceremony schedule: why is there no detailed info about it online?

It irritates me that, year after year, the only detailed information about the 9 am Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park is via a big paid advertisement in the print edition of Northfield News. Nothing online, that I can find:

Why the dearth of information online? Is there some sort of exclusive arrangement that the vets organizations have with the Northfield News? It’s maddening.

(To see a large version of the print ad, right-click on the image and open in a new tab/window or view it here.)

Photo album: Memorial Day 2010

Gorgeous weather and a large crowd blessed this morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in Riverside Park.

Rob Hardy has a summary of the Memorial Day proceedings in this Northfield.org blog post, including the names of area veterans who died in the past year.

Northfield News Publisher Sam Gett has a 2-minute video clip of the ceremony posted; reporter David Henke has posted an album of 11 photos.

See my album of 100+ photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Memorial Day 2010

Pam Peterson with Scouts at Veterans Memorial Memorial Day 2010, ceremony schedule, NorthfieldToday’s 9 am Memorial Day ceremony by the Northfield Area Veterans will again be at the site of the Veterans Memorial in Riverside Lions Park.

Left: a photo from last year’s ceremony: Pam Peterson with a Boy Scout and Girl Scout. The Scouts do the ‘placing of the flowers.’ Right: the thumbnail of my photo of the Veterans ceremony ad in the Northfield News for details. Click it once to enlarge, then click the green arrow to enlarge further.

See my Memorial Day ceremony photo albums from 2009 (here and here), 2008, and 2007 as well as the dedication of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in November of 2005. And see the Veterans commemorative plaque and flag pole at Old Memorial Park.