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Copper Country Honors War Heroes

Residents gathered to pay their respects to those who died in defense of our country at Memorial Day observances across the Copper Country yesterday. 

In Ahmeek, officials rededicated the refurbished local Honor Roll, with help from the Calumet High School band.

At Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse, James Dougovito from American Legion Post 144 reflected on the toll taken by America’s wars…

The total American deaths from war over our history is somewhere around 1.1 million men and women. Just think of the terrible impact their deaths have on mothers and fathers and families. The cost of freedom is certainly great, and impacts on so many people.

Dougovito traveled to Washington, DC, on an Honor Flight recently, and visited the VietNam War Memorial, which includes the names of five Baraga County servicemen…

That’s John Bellaire, David Ovist, Terrance Picciano, Stanley Rajala and Roger Shafer.

More than 600 veterans are interred at Evergreen Cemetery.

L’Anse’s Memorial Day observances also included a wreath-laying on the beach across from the American Legion Post, and a ceremonial playing of “Taps” during the national moment of silence at 3:00, as part of the “Taps Across America” campaign.

James Dougovito addresses the L’Anse Memorial Day observance.
Courtney Clisch performs at the L’Anse Memorial Day ceremony.
Residents pay their respect at the L’Anse memorial Day service.
L’Anse School band director Aaron Poniatowski performs “Taps” at the L’Anse Memorial Day observance.

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