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Don Merten receives ‘Living Veteran’ award

Don Merten accepts his honorary flag from Karen Hagemann during ceremonies at the downtown mini-park on Monday.Donald J. Merten of Albion received the Living Veteran award presented by local veterans organizations during the annual Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 11, at Boone Central High School.
He is a veteran of the Korean War era, serving as a U.S. Marine from 1951 to 1953.
A flag will be flown in his honor at Albion’s downtown mini-park through Memorial Day of 2014.
Speakers at the program in the Boone Central High School Gym emphasized the challenges faced by military veterans, both during their service and after returning home.
Rev. Larry Barbary, pastor of the Albion and Loretto United Methodist Churches, was guest speaker, and Richard Jacot served as master of ceremonies. Boone Central students participated in much of the Veterans Day program.
Details in the Nov. 13 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

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