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Members of the MN Army National Guard Honor Guard escort the casket of Corporal James Sund past an Honor Guard of Minnesota Veterans groups at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge, MN (Herald Photo by Eric Hylden)

Veterans honor guards face challenges; members are aging, dwindling

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Minnesotans thanked veterans Friday, but one of their most-desired honors needs an act of the Legislature and younger blood.

Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito said that many ex-military personnel have two major requests: a bronze marker at their grave denoting their veteran status and an American flag on their casket.

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