‘We are in this for the youth … ’

Veteran points to kids as reason to carry on

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On a day when veterans are honored for their past service, Greg Benz praised the future.

Benz, the commander of the American Legion Post 46, was among safety professionals from the fire and police departments, the ambulance service and American Legion who met with students from Killdeer School on Nov. 10.

And then later, he and members of the Post 46 Auxiliary met with fifth- and sixth-grade students to talk about the Dunn County Veterans Memorial at the High Plains Cultural Center and the significance it played in the area. They also demonstrated to the students the proper procedure to fold a flag.

The common theme? The youth of today and how they can learn from the past.

He echoed that sentiment at a “moment-of-silence” ceremony at the legion hall on Veterans Day. Roughly 30 veterans attended the meeting to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

“The youth are why we’re here,” Benz said, adding that they are one of the reasons we do what they do. “We’re trying to keep our great country the way it is.”

One student smiled when Benz talked about the sacrifices veterans freely make.

“We owe them,” she said, nodding her head in agreement.

Indeed.

At the hall, the legion shared a moment of appreciation to members of its own. Benz called out members Rodney Wolf, Garry McMahen, Tex Appledoorn and Pauline Appledoorn to be recognized for achievements. They, and David Twist, who was not available for the ceremony, had their names engraved on a Lifetime Achievement Award plaque.


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