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PHOTOS: Veterans Day observance slated for Friday evening

Jon Linstrand will have a 7,000-piece collection of military history on display at the Willmar Auditorium Friday. This year marks the 24th time the display has been available over Veterans Day in Willmar.

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Larry Lindor meanders through the Veterans Day military uniform and equipment display at the Willmar Auditorium the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. A Veterans Day observance program will take place at Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Willmar Auditorium.
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WILLMAR — More than 7,000 military uniforms, equipment, medals and other items collected by Jon Linstrand over the course of 38 years of his life will be on display through the evening of Veterans Day, Friday, at the Willmar Auditorium. An impressive collection spanning from Civil War times to modern day is in its 24th year of being on display to the public.

According to Lindstrand, the display allows those who visit to see what the cost of freedom for the United States of America actually looks like.

"It's important to remember the service and sacrifice of America's veterans," he said. "People need to know what kept America free."

Many items on display feature men and women who grew up in Kandiyohi County, adding a special and personal touch to the expansive collection for locals to enjoy.

The display is free and is open to the public. To close out the display, an observance program will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The observance will feature a flag ceremony, patriotic music and message from guest speaker Colonel Dan O'Meara.

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A Purple Heart military decoration award sits on display at the Willmar Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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Military uniforms, equipment and other miscellaneous items sit on display for Veterans Day at the Willmar Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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John Willardson browses military items on display at the Willmar Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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Military items sit on display at the Willmar Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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Larry Lindor meanders through the Veterans Day military uniform and equipment display at the Willmar Auditorium the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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