Monday marked the 10th anniversary of Stillwater’s Memorial Day Ceremony being held at Veterans Memorial Park.
The ceremony concluded with a flyover by three vintage AT-6 Warbird World War II aircraft.
World War II veterans Bob Clemens and Vince Parker were this year’s featured speakers. Clemens, a native of White Bear Lake, enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 at the age of 18. He flew 50 bombing missions over Europe as an aerial navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. When the war ended, he had been scheduled for a tour in the Pacific as a cruise control officer aboard a B-29.
Parker served as an 18-year-old tail gunner aboard a B-17, surviving several close calls and a horrific crash in Italy in 1945 that cemented the bonds among his crew in a way that only combat can. He is originally from Ortonville.
The Stillwater Veterans Memorial was constructed with private donations and dedicated on Memorial Day, 2004. The Stillwater Veterans Memorial honors veterans, living and deceased, with engraved pavers and a “Wall of Honor” which lists the names of service members who attended Stillwater area schools and lost their lives in time of war, from the Civil War to the present.
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