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Retired Army National Guard brigadier general, the Rev. Dean Johnson presents the memorial address Monday during the Memorial Day program at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Johnson, a pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, spoke about the thousands of Americans who have died in service to the country. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Memorial Day for remembering sacrifice of veterans


WILLMAR — A crowd gathered amongst the shade trees and grave markers, the Willmar High School band played the Star-Spangled Banner, the honor guard smartly fired the 21-gun salute and the names of military veterans killed in action and recently deceased were read.

Thus, the Willmar community marked another Memorial Day with the annual service at Fairview Cemetery, replete with flags, speeches and solemn silence.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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