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In honor of Stan Lacina, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Canby, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Roxane Zych)

Thank you dad, for all you did for us. Now that I have a 17 year old son, I see how big of a sacrifice you made giving up a portion of your young adulthood to leave your home and travel to another continent by ship and fight in a war. After living the majority of your childhood during the Great Depression as well.

In honor of Michael Lally, Army - Served in Viet Nam

Hometown: Red Wing MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

Michael "Lal" Lally gave his life in service to our county in May 1970. We were to be married upon his return from Viet Nam, but instead of a wedding our families had a funeral. . . Almost 40 years later, I still honor his sacrifice and cherish his memory.

In honor of Charles Lamb

Hometown: Blaine (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Teresa Lamb)

Charlie, Come home soon. We all miss you and want to take care of you.

In honor of PFC Moises Langhorst, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Moose Lake (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Marine Pfc. Moises A. Langhorst, 19, of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Langhorst died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 5. 2004.

In honor of Burton E. Larson, US Navy - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Grove City, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Patricia Turgeon)

I'd like to thank my dad for his service to our nation. After his brother and cousin were killed in Korea, dad enlisted in the Navy. He was the last son at home with aging parents. He didn't have to go, but did. Due to an injury while on active duty, my dad has a considerable service connected disability. Regardless of the pain he has lived with daily, since before I was born, he rarely complains and raised all four of his children on a farm and made a very good life for us. We had a lot of fun. Dad, by example, walks his faith, flies a flag in his yard every day and is perseverance personified. . . he never quits. He still actively farms. My dad is my hero.

In honor of Theresa Lee, Jeffrey Paul, Christopher Ryan and Jennifer Dawson, US Army - Served in Desert Storm

Hometown: Cambridge (Submitted November 10, 2008 by Ailene Croup)

My four children joined the Army from 1988 to 1994. Theresa was a Russian linguist, Jeffrey was a cook, Christopher was in medical supply and Jennifer was a reserve radioman.

In honor of SPC Alex Leonard (retired), Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Billings, MT (born in Minneapolis)(Submitted September 8, 2008 by Kathy Baufield)

My nephew, Alex Leonard, served with the 101st Airborne as they invaded Iraq. The Humvee Alex was driving was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Alex's right leg was blown off, but he remained conscious, rolled himself out of his vehicle, and attempted to return fire, only to discover that the barrel of his firearm was bent at an ugly angle, having been resting against his leg when he was hit. Alex tried to calm those who were treating him and transporting him to the field hospital, remaining conscious throughout. He was only 20 years old at the time. Alex lost his right leg above the knee, and has since lost his left leg below the knee, as well. He is the bravest, strongest person I know.

In honor of Petty Officer Second Class Paul Lesch, Navy - Served in Desert Storm / Gulf War

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Michelle Lesch)

This tribute is for my husband and all veterans. Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.

In honor of Daniel Lesnar, Army

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paulette Tanem)

Daniel, thank you for your service in Viet Nam. You gave so much for your country and suffered along with many others and you are remembered and honored for this sacrifice.

In honor of Daniel Lesnar, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted Desiree Diehl)

Dad- Your service to our country is something for which we are all grateful and proud of. We love you.

In honor of Jerome Levenson, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by John Gallas)

Served with valor in Battle of Okinawa and other major naval battles.

In honor of Jesse Lhotka, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Appleton (Alexandria) (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Bob Dalager)

He died with two others (David Day and Jason Timmerman) all from Charlie Company on February 21, 2005. Even though I never met him, because of personal reasons I'd rather not disclose on the Internet, I think of him every day when I go to work. There is no acceptable excuse to not vote when men like Jesse gave their lives for our country.

In honor of Sgt Jesse Lhotka, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Appleton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Amy Jo Matros)

Jesse was truly an amazing and wonderful man. His laugh, sense of humor and humanity for others are just a few of the things I miss the most. He had such an amazing love for his wife, mom, sisters and brother. For all of Jesse's family and friends, the world has never been the same since February 21. 2005 - the day we lost Jesse to the war in Iraq. So much has been taken away from all of us left behind to cherish his memories and deal with the loss of a great person. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him – and I know there are many people who do the same. So much was taken from Jesse that day and all soldiers lost to war, including the basic right to vote. God bless you Jesse - until we meet again.

In honor of Herman Lichtblau, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Lake City (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Rita Huntley)

Thanks Dad and all our vets for fighting for our freedoms.

In honor of CPT Ronnie George Lindstrom, Air Force - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Duluth (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Officially MIA Start of Tour: Friday, January 2. 1970. Date of Casualty: Wednesday. June 7. 1978. Age at time of loss: 33. Casualty type: (A3) Hostile Reason: Air loss - Crashed on land (Crew member - Fixed wing aircraft) Country: Laos

In honor of Michael Loehrer, Marine Corps - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Trish Woodgate)

Thanks to my father who was awarded a purple heart for his valiant service.

In honor of E-3 Thomas Diaz Lopez, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Patricia Fenstermaker)

My uncle was captured at Clark Airfield the Philippines on Dec. 9th, 1941. He was a P. O. W. until he passed away on May, 1942. He was always missed by his family, especially his mother. My uncle was re-interred at Fort Snelling in 1949. I remember as a child his mother spoke affectionately to her son in Spanish while stroking his gravestone.

In honor of Wes Lorix, Recon - Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: St. Paul, Mn (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Nan Tarara)

I am honored to be the mother of a Marine Veteran. I only hope that the next President and cabinet will begin to Honor the Vets in the way that they deserve and make Health Care free for every Veteran who ever served. FREE

In honor of Chief Warrant Officer Matt Lourey, Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: East Bethel (Submitted February 22, 2010 by Claire Wilson)

Matt was 40 years old when his helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad. He was devoted to the younger men and women under his care. He flew cover for Baghdad the first day of their elections, providing cover for the Iraqi people to vote.

In honor of Joe Ludwig, Marine Corps - Served in World War II Pacific Theater / Korea 1951

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Bob Jones)

Joe was in the first wave to hit Guadacanal and subsequent islands. He was later involved in the invasion of Okinawa and was subsequently wounded by a Japanese sniper. He was one of the first Marines to enter the island of Japan after the surrender. Joe also served for a year with the Marines during the Korean War in the Pusan area. He is a true American Hero, like so many of his generation. They are the reason we have the freedoms we now enjoy. Thank You Joe you are my hero.

In honor of Pvt John E. Ludwig, Army National Guard - Served in World War II

Hometown: Cloquet, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Tim Howe)

John served with the 2nd Armored Division and landed in France 3 days after D-Day. He paid the Ultimate Sacrifice on July 29, 1944 near St. Lo, France. He was my mother's cousin and is remembered every day with pride by our family.

In honor of Lieutenant Kenneth Lund, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Princeton, Minnesota (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Richard Tiedeman)

My vote will honor my uncle, Lt. Kenneth Lund, who died on March 17, 1945 fighting for our freedom. He rests with 5000 other fallen heroes in the Netherlands. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.

In honor of Sergeant David Lundberg, US Army - Serving in the Iraq War

Hometown: Red Wing (Submitted August 28, 2008 by Tracie Behnke)

Dave, my son, I have never been more proud of you. Your selflessness is humbling and your sense of commitment is fierce. My heart broke when you were injured in an IED explosion, but I knew you would be strong and "your soldier, your driver" is alive because of that strength. Now that your active duty is over, and your life is taking you down the path of firefighting, I know God has planted in you a servant's heart. I miss you and hope you get tired of Texas and come back "up north"!:)Love Mom

In honor of Sr. Airman Adrian Lussier, Jr., Air Force

Hometown: Red Lake, Minnesota (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Darlene Lussier)

Congratulations to our Veteran who completed 4 years in the United States Air Force in May, 2008. Because of your dedication, motivation and mechanical job knowledge, you were awarded your name placed on the side of your F-15 Strike Eagle as the Dedicated Crew Chief. Thank you for your Four Years of Service to protect and serve your Country in a time of war. We Respect and Love You. Chi-Miigwetch Ogichidaag! (Thank you Warrior)

In honor of Peter Lynch, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Laurel Resman)

My Dad served and during his service his first born son died as an infant. Dad was stationed in Texas and Mom was here in Minneapolis working. Dad had to come home for the funeral of his 4 month old first born son. He and Mom then both went back to Texas, but he had to continue his service in spite of his grief for the son he never forgot. Money was tight so they had to borrow the money for Dad to come home from the Red Cross. Years later Dad told me when things got rough in life he prayed to his little son in heaven and felt he had someone closer to God than he was to put in a word for him. He said he felt his son was looking after him in a sense. Now since my Dad passed away 18 years ago I appreciate his sacrifice more because he was unable to be with his son before he died and had to continue his service after, even though he was grieving. I feel that I now have my brother I never met and my Dad watching over me and my family from Heaven. And I want to thank him and all the others who sacrificed for us by serving in the Military. As a former Navy wife I know it can be very lonely being away from family especially during the holidays. So voting in my Dad's honor makes voting more special, and I will be thinking of him when I do.

In honor of Staff Sergeant Jeremy Malchow, Army Reserve - Serving in Iraq

(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Jessica Malchow)

This year I will vote In honor of my husband, Jeremy Malchow. He has served for over 15 years in the Army Reserve and is currently stationed in Iraq. We are very proud! Love you!

In honor of Medic William G. Malo, Army Served in WWII

Hometown: Marshall (Submitted October 21, 2010 by William Malo)

In memory of my father, William George Malo, who served his country courageously, although he would never take another life. He drove horse drawn ambulances through the bloody and mud mired battlefields of Avignon, France - survived his wounds and returned home. He was an exceptional American and father.

In honor of David A. Manuel, Marine Corps - Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Maple Lake (Submitted November 1, 2010 by Mary Sullivan)

Because of our service men and women (including my father) we have the privilege to vote. They also protected and promoted the right for others to vote in countries not as fortunate as our own. Vote with pride and honor those who have served in the past and those who are serving for our future.

In honor of PR2 James Marispini, US Navy - Served in the Gulf War I

Hometown: Savage, MN (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Marc Marispini)

I'm voting today for the first time because I want to honor my father, a disabled veteran and inspiration for my enlistment in the Navy, for his sacrifice to allow me and others the right to vote.

In honor of Commander Gary Markfort

Hometown: Foley (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Mary Barthel)

I vote to honor those who make certain we can vote. I especially vote to honor my brother, Gary. He is a man of integrity who leads by example. Although he is my "baby" brother, I consider him one of my role models. He has a deep abiding love for this country and her people. He has given much of his life for her and I and the rest of our family are very proud of him and what he has done. Thank you.

In honor of Johnathan Marlatt, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Christina Marlatt)

Thank you, Johnathan, for serving and protecting. Although you were drafted and this war was horrific you got through it physically and continue too emotionally. God be with you.

In honor of Frank Martian, Marine Corps - Served in WWII

Hometown: Aberdeen, SD (Submitted October 26, 2010 by Thomas Martian)

My father, Frank Martian, served proudly in the US Navy from 1945-1947. He then went on to raise a family of three daughters and one son, residing in Aberdeen, SD. He passed away in 2001, and I miss him every day. Thanks Dad for your service, memories, and love.

In honor of PFC Matthew McCall, Marine Corps - Currently serving

Hometown: Miami (Submitted September 18, 2008 by Kerry McCall)

In honor of my son, Mathew, age 20, who serves this country with great love and pride, and my nephew Brandon Hiott, OIF veteran.

In honor of Timothy McGovern - Serving in the Gulf War

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kim McGovern)

To my husband, who very proudly served our Country for continued freedom and democracy. Thank You! I love you!

In honor of Patrick McQuillan Sr., US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Pat McQuillan)

When Patrick McQuillan passed away on April 17, 2008, America lost another hero. He served in The Northern African invasion as a member of the Fighting Thunderbirds as they prepared for the invasion of Italy. He fought and was wounded in hand to hand combat in the battle for Anzio. He lost his whole battalion except for himself and the lead gunner when a shell hit their duck boat after he had jumped onto the beach in Italy and began firing up at the Italian forces. After recovering he jumped on with the Red Bulls during the invasion of Southern France before catching up to his thunderbirds division. He stood guard at the internment camp at Dackhauer in Germany during liberation, where only the Red Cross were allowed in. He walked the entire way from the southern French coast to Berlin during liberation. He returned to St Paul to teach 35 years as one of the first adaptive PE instructor in the state. Giving so much to the less fortunate was his way of life. As well as being the founder of the athletic associations for football, baseball, hockey, basketball, softball etc. in the Midway area of St Paul. Plus, he started the East Metro Olympics which were the model of the Special Olympics back in 1962. Ten years before these events gained national (now international) attention. Don Rilley called him "the little tough guy who wore his heart on his arm for the special education students of St Paul. He founded Special Olympics before the hucksters took it over for the benefits of his kids. . . they were all winners." Truly a member of "The Greatest Generation".

In honor of Roger G. McVay, Navy

Hometown: White Bear Lake (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Sean McVay)

Pop, Thanks for your service. When I cast my ballot it will be In honor of you - for your service to country and for the example you set on what it is to be a man.

In honor of Felix Medved

Hometown: Centraila, WA (Submitted September 8, 2008 by Christine Plaza)

Felix Medved, known to me as "Papa Jake," was my stepfather. He served two wars in two different branches of service.

In honor of Eugene (Gene) Meeks, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Bob Meeks)

My dad served his country as a rifleman during the Second World War. His service took him from his home in northern Minnesota to the Pacific Theater of War including the front lines in the Philippine Islands. He never forgot those who served alongside of him and who did not return. He viewed voting as not only a right but also an obligation. During our years of upbringing dad passed on to me and my brothers and sister the understanding of what it meant to have the freedom to vote. May he rest in peace knowing that the U. S. is strong and free!

In honor of Terry Meinke, Gunner's Mate, River Division 512/531, Navy - Served in Vietnam 1969-1971

Hometown: Somerset, WI (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Deloris Paquette)

I vote In honor of my son, Terry, who proudly served his country in the Vietnam War as a Black Beret in the Special Forces of the Navy. To all our veterans and our service men and women I give "Thanks". God bless you and our country.

In honor of Alvin R. Melser, US Navy - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 11, 2008 by Joe Melser)

To honor my father who served his country in WW2.

In honor of Elmer and Leonard Melser - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 11, 2008 by Joe Melser)

In honor of my uncles who served their country in WWII.

In honor of PVT Edmund Meschke - Served World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Scott Eggert)

Thank you for our freedom. . .

In honor of Private First Class John Messinger, Marine Corps - Served in World War II

Hometown: Palmerton, PA (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Michael Messinger)

I'm proudly casting my vote this year In honor of my grandfather, PFC John Messinger. "Pop-pop," as my brother and I called him, joined the Marine Corps and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS Houston (CL-81) during World War Two. The Houston was torpedoed by Japanese bombers and nearly sank in October of 1944. He was forced to abandon ship. A star athlete before the war, he became a teacher and coach after he returned. Fiercely loyal, incredibly devoted, and filled with love. John was a role model to all of us. He passed away in early 2000, but the memory of him, his service, and all we owe to him, lives on.

In honor of Nicholas Metcalf, Marine Corp - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Kenyon, MN (Submitted November 30, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf)

THANKS for your service

In honor of Scott Metcalf, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Kenyon, MN (Submitted November 30, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf)

THANKS for your service

In honor of Christopher Meyer, Army - Served in Vietnam

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Elizabeth Meyer)


In honor of Edwin Meyer, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Carol Fehrmann)

Love you dad for everything you had to go through.

In honor of Lt. Colonel Robert Meyer, Navy, Served in World War II

(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Elizabeth Meyer)


In honor of Sergeant Dan Michener, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Spring Valley, MN (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Duane Michener)

Dan was with the Medics with 101st Airborne Division, Delta Raiders. He served from 1969 to 1970;He received the Bronze Star with V device.

In honor of SFC Matthew Mikesell, Army National Guard - Served in the War on Terrorism

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted January 13, 2009 by Perrine Dailey)

A special THANK YOU to my brave and generous husband, Sergeant First Class Matthew Mikesell, who has volunteered to serve the good of the world again by volunteering to serve our country overseas. Many of us are very grateful for your time, effort, courage, and perseverance on our behalf!

In honor of Matthew Mikesell, Army National Guard

(Submitted January 15, 2009 by Jean White)

I'm so proud of you and know you'll be safe. I brag about you and your service in Afghanistan. Your deployment to Iraq is a wonderful opportunity to serve your country. It's a huge commitment and your whole family supports you.

In honor of Matthew Mikesell - Air Force Reserve

(Submitted February 5, 2009 by Sue Morgan)

Matthew, it is because of you and those with you that we can sustain our freedom. Thank you.

In honor of PFC Matthew Milczark, Marine Corps - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Kettle River (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

Marine Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, 18, of Kettle River, Minnesota. Milczark died due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Victory, Kuwait. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on March 8. 2004.

In honor of Merle Miller, US Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Timothy Miller)

My father, Merle Miller, was just a kid in his early 20's when he was called to serve in WW II. Surrounded by German forces in the Battle of the Bulge, his division had little hope of coming out of the conflict alive. In spite of the overwhelming forces, my dad and his fellow heroes managed to suppress their fear and anxiety enough to defeat the enemy. Another horrific experience for my pop was the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. I doubt that I could have handled this type of situation today, let alone at the age of 22. And yet, my father and his equally young comrades, managed to stomach the atrocities they had witnessed and continued to do their duty. It is hard to imagine what our world would look like today if it were not for the courage and devotion to duty provided by our veterans and current active duty forces. While I do not condone war, I applaud my dad and our past and present troops for giving us the freedom to vote for leaders that are intelligent enough to prevent future conflicts. Timothy F. Miller, former ET1, USN
Montevideo, MN

In honor of Cpt Timothy Miller, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Forest Lake/New Brighton (Submitted December 5, 2008 by Col (ret) Ron and Joanne Miller)

Tim devoted a two year mobilization to our United States to help "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus XXV:X) (inscription on the Liberty Bell). He brought some liberty to Iraq by serving honorably with the "Desert Bulls" in Iraq for 16 months (2006-07). We love you and are proud of you. Tim our hero.

In honor of Senior Chief Donald Mittelstaedt, Navy

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted January 20, 2010 by Adrianne Mittelstaedt)

My father is a true patriot and a wonderful man who honorably served his country for over twenty years. His service is a reminder of the blessings we receive as American citizens due in part to the protection and dedication of members of the armed forces. I am so fortunate to have him in my life and am always so proud of him.

In honor of Conrad, Ralph and Robert Moe

Hometown: McGregor (Submitted November 11, 2008 by Karen Melser)

To honor my Grandfather Conrad Moe who fought in WW1 in France and his 2 sons who fought in WW2: Ralph, who was Killed in Action in France while serving in the Army, and Robert who served in the Navy.

In honor of Sergeant Vincent Montez, Air National Guard - Serving in Desert Storm & Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: South Saint Paul (Submitted October 8, 2008 by Natalie Montez)

I would like to thank my husband, Sergeant Vincent Montez, for being brave enough to leave the comforts of home and enter a war zone to protect our freedom. He puts his life in danger every day for us and deserves every U. S. citizen's respect. Remember to thank a service member.

In honor of Ian Moret, US Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: Excelsior, MN (Submitted August 25, 2008 by Kenyon Laing)

Not only is this my first year able to vote, but by doing so I’ll be honoring a close friend and wonderful man who is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. For the past four years Ian has put everything aside, including his politics, in order to answer what he felt was the call of duty. The sacrifices he makes each day, and the love he has for his country, are astounding. Because he has been willing to share his experiences with us, his friends and family, I believe we have each gained some insight and perspective come election time. It is my hope that my vote will both honor his selflessness and help bring him home safely. I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone serving and extend a little compassion to anyone missing a loved one in the military.

In honor of Private Donna Munnich, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lee Munnich)

My Mother Donna Munnich served in the WACs during World War II in the Army Air Corps. She worked as a photographer and trained in California. Her service was cut short when she became pregnant with me in 1944. Donna is proud of her service in the military and the opportunity to serve her country during World War II.

In honor of Warrant Officer Lee Munnich, Sr, Army - Served in World War II and Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lee Munnich Jr)

My Dad, Lee Munnich Sr., served in the Signal Corps inEngland and France during WWII. He joined the Minnesota National Guard after WWII and was called to active duty during the Korean War. Lee continued in the National Guard and retired as a senior Warrant Officer.

In honor of E-7 Joel Munson, US Army

Hometown: New Prague (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Erick Munson)

My brother, Joel, retired from the Army. His dedication to hard work and training of his troops exemplify what makes our service people the best in the world. I am proud of him.

In honor of Sergeant Joe Mussack, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Medford, Oregon (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Christopher Mussack)

My Dad died this year at age 85. He flew as a member of a bomber crew over Northern Europe in World War II. He hardly ever talked about the war. I was able to visit with him a couple of weeks before he died and he gave me his old uniform and some old silk maps he had. He was the type of guy who did what he knew was right, even if it was hard. He taught me the greater the value, the greater the price you must be willing to pay. He taught me to appreciate the value of the freedom we enjoy, that it is worth a great price. I vote to honor him in addition to all our servicemen throughout the years. They were willing to pay the price, the least I can do is use their gift of freedom and to pass it on to my children.

In honor of Ivan Ness, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Wolverton (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kristi Edwards)

Uncle Ivan served in Europe during WWII and was very involved in the American Legion for decades after his return. He was honored along with his brother-in-law, Earl, in 2007 for 60 consecutive years as a Legion member. I think of him every Memorial Day as he and my dad and others from Wolverton marched in the honor guard on Memorial Day, remembering those veterans who were no longer here.

In honor of Edward (Ted) Northrop, Navy- Served in the Korean War

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Holly Northrop)

Dad. . . thanks for fighting for the very activity and privilege I get to exercise today. . . to vote. I love you. H

In honor of Theodore Northwick, Navy - Served in Korea

Hometown: Rosemount (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Jenifer Northwick)

My dad and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but he always emphasized the importance of voting and encouraged me to vote my conscience. My father always said that he might not agree with how I vote, but he would give his life to defend my right to vote. It's because of him that I consider voting not just my right or even my civic duty, but also my privilege.

In honor of Tech Sgt 5 Hubert J. Nothwehr, Army - Served in World War II

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Dr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF)

Dad - You were the oldest of 4 brothers to serve in the WW II. Your example, following your experience of the horrors of war, where you defended conscientious objectors to the Viet Nam War is the real lesson you taught us all. That is what genuine freedom is all about!

In honor of Staff Sgt. Christopher Obray, Army- Served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Hometown: Fairmont (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Diane Obray)

In honor of my son Christopher for his two tours of Afghanistan and one in Iraq. That's a huge call for a "reserve" soldier. He has led by great example not only the soldiers in his unit but his siblings in our home. His sister and brother have joined his unit and also honorably serve. Both of my sons are still overseas at this time but they are proud of their roots in Minnesota and Minnesota should be proud of these young men.

In honor of Major Marvin Odle, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Piqua, Ohio (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Gary Odle)

Marvin flew B-25 Bombers out of Italy during World War II when he was only 19 years old. He continued to have an honorable career and retired from the Air Force in 1961. After that he taught Air Force Junior ROTC in high school for eighteen years.

In honor of Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) John Ogren, Air Force - Served in World War II and Korea

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Judy Seguin)

I am voting In honor of my father who, due to Alzheimer's can no longer cast his vote. This will be the first Presidential election since 1940 that he will miss. At 23, he was the youngest Sergeant Major in the Army Air Corps. He retired in 1961 after proudly serving his country for 21 years.

In honor of Sergeant Arnold Olsen, Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Tyler (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Beverly Graf)

Uncle Arnie . . . you are and always will be our Hero!

In honor of Earnest Wilham Olson, US Army - Served in Korea

Hometown: Bemidji (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Gary Olson)


In honor of Kermit and Keith Olson, Coast Guard - Served in World War II

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Lea Ashley)

My Father and his twin brother served our country during WW II on different Coast Guard boats. The military did this to prevent the possibility of both dying on the same boat. As a child I heard many WW II stories. My Father was in his 80's when he finally spoke of the difficult memories of women and children running and dying from attacks in Japan. Somehow those who fight for our freedom and are lucky to return home develop a shield to protect themselves from frightening memories of the truth of WAR. Thank You Dad and my Uncle for fighting for my freedom I now enjoy.

In honor of Richard Olson, Air National Guard

Hometown: Rochester (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Michael Olson)

For my dad, the greatest hero I have ever known.

In honor of Sgt Bryan Opskar, Marine Corps - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom - KIA 23 July 2005

Hometown: Princeton, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Kelly Puffer)

Semper Fi Bryan!

In honor of Sgt. Bryan Opskar, Marine Corps - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Princeton, MN (Submitted November 2, 2009 by Kelly Puffer)

I vote In honor of my fallen comrade Sgt. Bryan Opskar who was killed while on patrol supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Semper Fi Bryan!

In honor of Felix Orona, Army - Served in Vietnam

Hometown: Moorhead (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Desi Hart)

Mr. Orona is a strong American Hero. Everyone should be proud of the job he was involved in over there. Most of the friends from his unit did not make it out and he remembers them till this day. I'm honored to have listened to a couple of his stories. I know he has more to tell but somethings are best left unsaid. Your nephew loves you Uncle.

In honor of Victor Ortiz, Navy

Hometown: Shoreview, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Melissa Critchley-Rodriguez)

Thanks for protecting our right to vote!

In honor of Victor Ortiz, Navy

Hometown: Shoreview, MN (Submitted November 3, 2009 by Melissa Critchley-Rodriguez)

Thank you for choosing to defend our freedom to vote.

In honor of Joshua Ose, Army - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: (Submitted November 20, 2010 by Captain Mike B.)

Rest in peace my precious son. Joshua was only 19 years old.

In honor of Major Christine Ostendorf, Army National Guard - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bosnia, Kosovo, Desert Storm

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Bob and Sue Stowe)

We are voting today because we feel it is our duty to fulfill this right that we have in America. Also voting In honor of all who have served and died to preserve this right. We are especially voting in honor and extreme pride in our daughter, Major Christine Ostendorf, as she and others from the 34th ID are preparing for deployment in January, 2009 to Iraq. May God be with all of our soldiers and service men and women wherever they may be and May God Bless America.

In honor of Marvin Ostrom, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: St. Paul (Submitted December 21, 2008 by Bill Ostrom)

Dad, thanks for your service. You inspired me to serve as well. This decision turned my life around!

In honor of T-5 Charles Palmer, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Fred Stein)

Charlie is my father-in-law, and my second dad. He served 3 1/2 years in England, France, and Austria, for the duration of the war. He was awarded the Bronze Star for performing his duties as a combat engineer.

In honor of GMCM (SW/AW) E. T. "Tom" Parker IV, Navy - Served in the Persian Gulf War

Hometown: Blaine (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Michele Parker)

Fair Winds & Following SeasGunner's Mate Going Ashore

In honor of Electrician Third Class Paul Pashibin, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Superior, WI (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Paulette Warren)

If he were alive, my father's vote would oppose mine. We would have had many a heated argument over choices. Some discussions might have ended in tears and slamming doors. But we would come back again, to duke it out over issues and ideas, over what it means to be an American. My dad was a guy who subscribed to literature from both the far right and the far left. He took his politics seriously, writing daily letters and postcards to senators, congressmen, presidents, judges. Sometimes the letters were too hot to mail! "Vote!' he would say, and you knew it was more than your right -- it was your duty.

In honor of Delmer Paulson, US Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Crookston (Submitted August 26, 2008 by Natalie Ostgaard)

My father, Delmer Paulson, better known by his nickname "Snuse," served his country in Japan. Although by the time he made it there WWII had ended. He and his brother and other relatives were proud to do their part by helping to keep the peace with their stints in the U. S. Navy. He voted in every election he was able to until he died 13 years ago because it was a right he felt that he and other soldiers had fought for.

In honor of Merrill Payne, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Linda Nelson)

My father was in the Navy during WWII. He served aboard several Navy ships and was stationed in Hawaii and French Frigat Schoals.

In honor of Merrill (Mike) Payne, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Brainerd, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Linda Nelson)

My father was in the Navy during WWII. Although he wouldn't talk about it much, he did say that he was stationed in Hawaii and French Frigate Schoals. I'm Very proud of him!

In honor of J Edward Pearsall, Marine Corps - Served in WWII

Hometown: Virginia (Submitted October 28, 2010 by Sarah Lambert)

My grandfather was captured and taken prisoner of war on Wake Island during the start of World War II. He was held as a prisoner of war until the war ended. I cannot imagine the things he had to endure in the name of freedom, and I am grateful for his service to his country, as well as all other men and women who serve and who have served so we can be free.

In honor of Sergeant Jeremy Perala, Marine Corps - Served in the Iraq War

Hometown: New York (Submitted November 2, 2010 by Jason Perala)

I'm writing In honor of my brother, who served in the Marine Corps, took his place in the line, and stood a watch over the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. As many before him, he forsook options which risked less physically and emotionally, and offered more in comfort and compensation, to instead face the harsh and brutal realities of war. As others who have served in the military before him, he truly understands that 'freedom isn't free'. I honor my brother and all veterans because on this election day I am free to vote my conscience without fear of retribution, and that on every day my children may lay their heads down to sleep in peace and security.

In honor of Robert Peters, Army- Served in WWII

Hometown: Marshall (Submitted October 12, 2010 by Seth Boerboom)

My tribute is to my grandpa. He is a veteran soldier.

In honor of Cary Peterson, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Prior Lake (Submitted September 25, 2008 by Colleen Peterson)

Cary was drafted in 1970 and was an Army Medic for 20 years. He was in charge of a health clinic during the 1980's, during which time he singlehandedly saved over $6,000,000 by re-utilizing medical and other items brought to property disposal stations.

In honor of Donald Peterson, Air Force - Served in World War II

Hometown: Hutchinson (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Sonja (Peterson) Muellerleile)

I am honoring my late grandpa, Don Peterson, who was a gunner in World War II in the Army Air Force. He never spoke of the war, and I am just now discovering information on his service. I honor him today and every day for the dedication and sacrifice he gave. I love and miss you grandpa!

In honor of Homer Peterson, US Army - Served in World War II

Hometown: Hutchinson (Submitted September 15, 2008 by Sonja (Peterson) Muellerleile)

I am honoring my late grandpa, Homer Peterson, who was a typist stateside in World War II in the Army. He never spoke of the war, and didn't believe he deserved any honor. He chose not to have taps played at his funeral. I honor him today and every day for the dedication and sacrifice he gave. I love and miss you grandpa!

In honor of James Vernon Petersen, US Navy - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Cloquet (Submitted October 21, 2008 by Kathie Petersen)

My vote will be placed In honor of my husband Jim, who served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He passed away in 2002.

In honor of Sfc Kent Peterson, Army - Serving in Operation Just Cause

Hometown: St. Cloud (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Kent Peterson)

God bless all our soldiers

In honor of Lance Peterson, Army - Served in Vietnam

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Alison Aubrecht)

Lance fought in the Vietnam War and witnessed the death of several members of his company. He carries those men in his heart every day-- just as I carry him in my heart in gratitude for what he sacrificed. I will be voting In honor of Lance and all the men and women who have given their lives for wars that don't always make sense.

In honor of Scott and Steve Peterson, Army National Guard - Served in Iraq

Hometown: Gaylord (Submitted November 4, 2008 by Eunie Peterson)

Scott and Steve are my sons who have served with the National Guard in Scania, Iraq. I cast my vote In honor of them and their service to our country. It is because of them that we have the right to vote. Thanks guys. We are proud of you. MOM

In honor of M/Sgt Verner M. Peterson (Retired), Air Force - Served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars

Hometown: Eveleth (Submitted September 2, 2008 by Debra Labadie / County Veterans Service)

This is a long overdue tribute to my father, Vern. (Lovingly known as, "Studley".)He honorably served our nation, protected our individual freedoms and supported his wife and five children with his 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. He devoted his career to serving our Country, thereby protecting the right to vote for each of us. We all should take the time to think of the many rights and freedoms we enjoy, but many times take for granted. The right to vote is one of those freedoms. THANKS DAD! I cast my vote this year In honor of your service, love and support. As an additional tribute to my father, he had two sons and a daughter who also went on to honorably serve in the United States Air Force. Thanks Dad, for all you've done and all you continue to do! I love you. Debra

In honor of M/Sgt. Verner M. Peterson, Air Force

Hometown: Eveleth, MN (Submitted September 5, 2008 by Lorraine Shields)

Thanks Brother, I also would like to cast my vote In honor of your Service, Love and Loyalty. At this time, I must "Thank" your (5) other brothers who also served in different branches of the Armed Service's. We are all very proud to express our "Thanks" to you all, and to all the other Men and Women who have served so faithfully for our country. . .

In honor of E4 Richard Petrowski, Army - Served in the Vietnam War

Hometown: Big Lake, Minnesota (Submitted September 11, 2009 by Denice Petrowski)

After reading my sister's tribute to my father who is a WWII veteran I was so proud of my dad and realized also how proud I am of my husband who is a Vietnam Veteran. He honors, respects and understands all his fellow veterans. It is so inspiring to see his love of and respect for this great country! Thank you Richard for your service to our country!

In honor of Specialist Noah Pierce, US Army - Served 2 tours of duty in Iraq

Hometown: Eveleth (Submitted October 20, 2008 by Cheryl Softich)

My son Noah was in the Army and served 2 tours of duty in Iraq. All of his childhood, Noah talked about joining the Army and serving his country. Noah believed in our Freedom, our right to bear arms, our right to speak our minds, and more. Noah was a good man with a sensitive heart. My son is no longer living. He took his own life due to PSTD after being home for one year. My vote this year is for Noah and all our other Veterans. . . past. present. and future. Veterans ROCK!

In honor of HA2 Charles Pietz, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: New Ulm (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Vicki Huber)

Charles left high school in his junior year at age 17 to serve his country joining the Navy. He then served in the Pacific as a medic on the U. S. S. Relief. Following his regular tour of duty he enlisted in the Navy Reserve and served as a CB for another 18 years. He served his country, then his family, and finally his community as a Deputy Sheriff, job Coordinator and Mentor for troubled youth, the Minnesota DNR and the city of New Ulm Parks and Recreation. His life was dedicated to civic duty and pride and ended way too soon of cardiac arrhythmia. His family is proud of the legacy Charles left. Thanks dad.

In honor of Sergeant Zachary Pike, Army - Served in Iraq, Afghanistan

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Terri Harsha)

I am so proud of Zachary, this young man, for answering his calling to serve our country. After completing college, instead of embarking on a career and chasing the almighty dollar, he chose instead to serve his country. He is in the Special Forces and worked extremely hard to accomplish all that he has. I take great pride in what he does and what he stands for. His elite training gives me peace of mind that he will come home safely from each deployment. He is married and the father of identical twin boys who are almost 2. He is a wonderful father, husband, son and soldier. He is MY son - and I love him.

In honor of Sgt Robert Points, US Army - Serving in Iraq (second deployment)

(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Edie & Dennis Points)

Our son, Robert Points, is now serving his second deployment in Iraq. We have observed him going through the grief of losing fellow soldiers to death, and bear up to the burden of others being injured - some seriously. He joined the military at age 18 and to this day (he will turn 25 in '09) does not regret his choice. Rob believes in what he is doing, engaging terrorists in the Mideast so that we can live our life in the way we are accustomed to here in America. We are very proud of our son, he is doing a job that the majority of people would never do. He maintains his pride in his country and belief system even under the most severe mental and physical duress and always does the best he can under that situation. Each time we hear the National Anthem or see the Flag flying it reminds us of the sacrifice our dear son has made and is still making to help keep America free. So that any American that feels the need can protest the war, speak out against the President, have freedom of religion, bad mouth the military, or voice their opinions without the fear of reprisal.

In honor of Ben Pollock, Navy - Served in World War II

Hometown: Holdingford, MN (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Mary Jo Pollock)

To my dad and all the people that served in World War II.

In honor of 1st Lt Jeffrey Pratt, Army National Guard - Serving in Iraqi Freedom

Hometown: Owatonna, MN (Submitted September 29, 2008 by Karen Knudson-Ibberson)

Jeff spent the year of 2005 in Iraq. He left behind a wife and three boys. Last year he was scheduled to return to Iraq, but was allowed medical leave, due to his 14 year old son's brain cancer. Jeff is now serving a year in Kuwait. Early next year he will be joined by his brother-in-law, his wife's brother. Jeff has willingly sacrificed over 2 years of being with his family and watching them grow and mature into fine young men. He has set an example for them - one of dedication and love of country. He is serving half a world away. All you have to do is walk to your nearest polling place and cast your vote. Show him and his fellow soldiers that what they do to protect our freedoms is truly appreciated.

In honor of Raymond Preiser, Air Force - Served in World War II and Korea

(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Pam Preiser)

Dad, there are no words to describe what you did - I miss you every day. Love, Pam

In honor of Sergeant John Pruitt, Army - Served in World War II and Korean War

Hometown: Minneapolis (Submitted October 31, 2008 by Cleo Pruitt)

This is In honor of my husband who passed away on August 28, 2007. He served God and his country in World War II, all the way through the invasion of Normandy and then went on to serve in the Korean War. He received an honorary discharge from both of the wars. His life beyond the wars was that of going above and beyond to achieve the high standards that he had set for himself in his job as a Purchasing Director, in his personal life and for his family. He gave my daughter a great treasure which is the Bible that he carried all the way through World War II. He put God in front and passed away fully experiencing true peace with God. He is greatly missed by his wife, his children and his grandchildren. We will see him again soon.