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June 28, 2013

Memorial squad will continue long tradition

I am commander of the Mankato Area Memorial Squad. We appreciate the recognition given to the memorial squad in The Free Press June 15 and June 22.

We would like to clarify some comments in the latest article.

The Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Squad was organized eight years ago, June 25, 2005. Mankato veterans organizations that are members of the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Board consist of Post 11 American Legion in Mankato; Post 518 American Legion in North Mankato; Post 950 VFW and VFW Post 9713, both from Mankato; members of the Sons of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. All agreed to join together and become the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Squad.

The main purpose of this organization is to provide military honors at veterans’ funerals and memorial services in the greater Mankato area when requested by the families of deceased veterans.

Prior to 2005, going back to the Civil War era and for more than 150 years, veterans organizations in the Mankato area have provided this final honor to the deceased veteran.

Not all veterans organizations were able to provide the number of volunteers or the equipment required to provide this honor in the proper way.

To summarize, military honors have been provided to deceased veterans in the Mankato area for much more than four decades by all the veterans organizations to the best of their ability, sometimes with a full squad, some times not.

Since June 2005, all can be assured, it has been done and will be done in the proper manner, with due respect and honor to deceased veterans, their families and friends.

Phil Hodapp


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