Vietnam Veterans Remembered on Northland Memorial’s 25th Anniversary

The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who lost their lives during the war

DULUTH, Minn. – A memorial service Tuesday evening honored Northland veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who didn’t get to come home to their families.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken and a soldier who just returned from overseas spoke about the significance of the Vietnam War and why it’s important to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country.

“It’s an opportunity for us to understand that the community knows what our war was all about,” said Brad Bennett, president of the Northland Vietnam Veterans Foundation. “They appreciate the sacrifices we made and that makes it all worthwhile.”

The foundation also presented scholarships to five local students. Recipients were chosen based on essays they wrote after interviewing a Vietnam veteran.

“This year [the topic] was about Agent Orange, so I interviewed a couple of my grandpa’s friends that I went on a fishing trip with and talked about the effects physically, mentally, how it affected their family,” said Quaid Cavallin, a UW-Lacrosse student from Two Harbors.

Each scholarship winner also had the chance to read their essay in front of veterans at the VFW.

Tuesday, May 30th, marks the 25th anniversary of the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial along the lakewalk.

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