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ITOW to be featured on MPR's 'Morning Edition' on Veterans Day

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations ..." An Act of Congress in 1938 made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday -- a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.

Nov. 11 is now better known as Veterans Day. On that day, we are asked to make a special effort to remember the many men and women of our community whose brave and courageous service to their country has made possible the freedoms we enjoy today. At the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham, they remember veterans every day. Based on the oral histories of area veterans, this museum features state-of-the-art audio-visual exhibits where the stories of these remarkable men and women are told ... in their own words. Veterans Day is a free day at the ITOW Veterans Museum.

This Veterans Day, the ITOW Veterans Museum will be featured on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition" with an interview by Cathy Wurzer of Kirk D. Van Dorn. Kirk has interviewed veterans for the ITOW Veterans Museum since the oral history project began in 2002.

Also, this Veterans Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Perham VFW and American Legion and their auxiliaries will be serving a free beef stew with bread and bars. The lunch is sponsored by United Community Bank who will hold a drawing for their flag giveaway at noon. For information, call (218) 346-7678.