Red, white and blue were the colors of the day on Nov. 11 as St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Osseo, 710 E. Broadway, honored its veterans.
Thirty veterans (many in uniform) attended the special morning service, the dinner and program that followed. The flags were taken from the sanctuary to the strains of all four service anthems, played by organist Duane Esterly.
Earl Hoppenrath, 90, veteran of WWII was the oldest in attendance and A.J. Pitts, 23, fresh from a tour of duty in Kuwait, was at the opposite end of the spectrum.
The event, planned for more than one year by St. Paul’s Evangelism committee, featured memories shared by Russ Krause, a Korean vet, and Virginia Hoppenrath, who described life during WWII and read remembrances submitted by the congregation’s service people. Medals, awards, souvenirs, photos and other memorabilia were displayed, and musical tributes were given.
Almost 200 people attended the event during which the names and service records of St. Paul’s 43 veterans were read.
During the dinner, word was received of the death of Jim House, 94, longtime member and veteran of WWII.
“We think Jim may have passed from this world as his name was being read,” said Pastor Tyler. “He was one of our congregation’s heroes and we will never forget his service nor that of any other service person.”