These are five of my favorite photos of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial on Monday.
See the large slideshow (recommended) of all 70 photos, or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
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:
In 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)
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.
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:
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.)
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.
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.