I always hear people say, know your history or you are bound to repeat it. I also know the sacrifice people have made so I can enjoy the life I choose to live. I am thankful for that and appreciate it. In my opinion there are never too many events to honor those who have given, and I also want to mention their families.

Veterans’ Memorial Hall invites the public to the annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The event begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), and will end by 8:00 p.m. The focus of this year’s event is the Grand Opening of the new Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center and to recognize Mr. Amatuzio for making the Center possible. This research center includes photographs, journals, stories, and biographies of veterans from northeastern Minnesota who served this nation from the Civil War through Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also spotlighted will be the presentation of the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship, this year in the amount of $1,000, to this year’s winner.

Proceeds from the event will help support the Veterans’ Memorial Hall program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.

The keynote speaker will be Colonel Penny Dieryck, who will talk about her work as the Mission Support Group Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, Duluth, Minnesota. Colonel Dieryck is also a Support Officer as a federal military technician at the 148th Fighter Wing. Colonel Dieryck began her military career in April 1980, when she enlisted in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Tickets are $35.00, and can be purchased at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall office at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot) or reserved by calling 218-733-7500.

This community-based event is being sponsored by many leading local businesses. The Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the dinner and donate these services.

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