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Marie Nitke/FOCUS A soldier with the Minnesota National Guard out of Moorhead salutes the new Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery during an unveiling ceremony Monday.1 / 8
Marie Nitke/FOCUS The new Perham Veterans Memorial monument.2 / 8
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Members of the Perham V.F.W. Post 4020 held a flag folding ceremony during a Memorial Day service at Prairie Wind Middle School on Monday. As the flag was folded, a member of Boy Scout Troop #321 read the meaning behind each of the 11 folds. The flag was later presented to a member of the V.F.W. who lost her mother last year.3 / 8
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS During the memorial service at the middle school in Perham, a poppy was laid down on a table in remembrance of every fallen veteran. Guest speaker Lucas Schmitz, a Perham veteran of the Iraq War who was injured and lost comrades, described the sacrifice of war as, "a great amount suffered by just a few." Mayor Tim Meehl, in his speech, said he honors those who "protect us with their lives."4 / 8
Marie Nitke/FOCUS Dennis Imdieke released 21 white doves during the unveiling ceremony of Perham's new Veterans Memorial. The doves symbolize peace, hope and prayers, which they are said to carry on their wings.5 / 8
Marie Nitke/FOCUS The crowd at the Perham Veterans Memorial unveiling salutes during a flag ceremony.6 / 8
Marie Nitke/FOCUS Ann Dardis played TAPS during a ceremony and dedication of the new Perham Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery on Monday. Staff of Schoeneberger Funeral Home were instrumental in making the memorial a reality. The Perham V.F.W. Post 4020, city of Perham and many community members also supported the project.7 / 8
Marie Nitke/FOCUS The new Perham Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery.8 / 8

A soldier with the Minnesota National Guard out of Moorhead salutes the new Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery during an unveiling ceremony Monday. A number of Memorial Day events around the area paid tribute to past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forced.

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