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Twin Ports communities hold ceremonies, parade to honor fallen veterans

Published: May. 30, 2022 at 2:29 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- The Twin Ports communities came together in several different ways Memorial Day to honor those who gave all.

In Gary-New Duluth, hundreds showed up to the Veterans Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue to pay their respects.

“It’s always been a tight knit community out here,” Gary Bubalo, who helped organize Monday’s ceremony, said “It’s just very important for us to continue to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who served, especially from this part of the community.”

Gary-New Duluth Memorial Day ceremony
Gary-New Duluth Memorial Day ceremony(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

Lt. Commander Roger Reinert, with the U.S. Navy Reserve, was the keynote speaker.

It was also a somber morning in Proctor, where the community honored the lives of two Proctor natives.

Captains James Verville and Sherman Gonyea were 148th Fighter Wing members who died in an F-101 crash 50 years ago.

The Proctor community came together Monday to honor the lives of two veterans who died 50 years...
The Proctor community came together Monday to honor the lives of two veterans who died 50 years ago when the F-101 they were on board crashed.(Proctor Journal)

The American Legion Post 106 hosted the program and more than 50 other fallen Proctor area service members were also honored.

And in West Duluth Monday afternoon, the Duluth Women of Today hosted its annual Memorial Day Parade.

Community members gather on Grand Avenue for the 2022 West Duluth Memorial Day Parade.
Community members gather on Grand Avenue for the 2022 West Duluth Memorial Day Parade.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

Hundreds of community members showed up to pay their respects.

Brig. General Ronald Hein, of Duluth, was this year’s Grand Marshal.

Brig. Gen. Ronald Hein, of Duluth, waves to the crowd as he serves as Grand Marshal of the 2022...
Brig. Gen. Ronald Hein, of Duluth, waves to the crowd as he serves as Grand Marshal of the 2022 West Duluth Memorial Day Parade.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

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