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Photo by Rachelle Klemme World War II veteran and Wadena resident Ray Nicholson looks over one of the war-related documents he kept. Nicholson's unit went through Battle of the Bulge and captured the Remagen Bridge in Germany.

Vet's D.C. trip brings back memories of an unforgettable war

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When Ray Nicholson visited the Minnesota area of Washington, D.C.'s World War II memorial one afternoon in April 2011, he said he was approached out of the blue by a woman and little girl.

"Were you, by any chance, in Belgium?" the woman asked.

"I sure was," the Wadena native replied.

"Well I am from Belgium, and I want to thank you for what you did for us," the woman said. "I am teaching my daughter what freedom costs."

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