Capt. Mike Klaphake of the Army National Guard will be featured speaker at the Delano Veteran’s Day Program, set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Delano High School (DHS) Tiger Activity Center.
Capt. Klaphake, who is a Delano resident, will narrate the farewell speech that General Douglas MacArthur gave to the Corps of Cadets at West Point. The DHS Band will accompany him with patriotic music.
Delano American Legion Post 377 and Delano Middle School/High School again will host the Veterans Day Program. The public is invited to attend. Bus transportation to DHS will be available, with the bus loading at 8:45 a.m. at the Delano American Legion, Bridge Avenue at Highway 12.
Capt. Klaphake served as Troop Commander of A Troop 1st Squadron 94th Cavalry in Hibbing. He is currently Assistant Operations Officer for 19 C Headquarters 1-94 Cavalry in Duluth. He has an undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation in 2003. In addition, he holds a Masters in Business Administration Degree from SCSU.
Capt. Klaphake has been deployed twice to Iraq and Kuwait. During his last deployment he led a troop of 130 soldiers to Kuwait and Iraq and conducted 62 convoy escort missions spanning over 260,000 miles throughout Iraq in just five months as part of the largest draw down of US forces since World War II. In civilian life he is a project director for BI Worldwide, an international marketing firm.
VFW Post 1901 will present the winners of the Patriot’s Pen Contest. The theme for the essay this year is “What I would tell America’s Founding Fathers.” This contest is open to middle school students and the winning essay will be read.
American Legion Post 377 is sponsoring a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors and the theme is “What Does it Mean to be an American?” The winning essay will be read as part of the program.
The DHS band and chorus will also present several musical selections.