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Veterans Honor Flight send-off at Staples

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College on Wednesday, April 11 will host the Veterans Honor Flight send-off in the cafeteria commons starting at 11:30 a.m. with the arrival of veterans and guests. The group is expected to include 19 student veterans, according to Bruce Fuhrman, one of the organizers. The CLC Color Guard will provide appropriate salutes. Lunch will be provided by Lakewood Health System through a donation from the Wadena VFW. Guests and CLC veterans may participate in the lunch. From 11:50 to noon President Larry Lundblad or Dean Jeff Wig will give a brief address. This is the third year for this event, which originated from efforts by coordinators Frank Odell and Gene Matilla of Staples, who each has been recognized as a Citizen of the Year as a result of the work. Odell will direct a medals presentation to veterans from noon to 12:10. At 12:20 p.m., CLC students will provide flag-waving recognition to the guests, whose destination is Washington, D.C., to tour all memorials to veterans.

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