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Happy Memorial Day from Detroit Lakes Library

‘Dog Company’ is available at the Detroit Lakes Library. SUBMITTED PHOTO

It’s time to kick off the summer season… warm up the grill, bring out the sandals, and soak up the sun!

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer, but so much more.  It’s a day to thank those that have served in our armed forces and to remember the men and women that gave their lives to fight for our freedoms.

If you would like to see (DVDs), hear (audio books), or read stories of their heroism, come to your Detroit Lakes Library.

“Memorial  Day,” directed by Samuel Fischer.

When Kyle Vogel finds his Grandpa Bud’s WWII footlocker, they strike a deal: Kyle can pick three items, and Bud will tell their stories.

As soldier in Iraq, Kyle’s later experiences mirror Bud’s.

“Dog Company: the Boys of Pointe du Hoc—The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day’s Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe,” by Patrick K. O’Donnell.

It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can make the difference between victory and defeat.

This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army’s Second Ranger Battalion, D Company—Dog Company—who made that difference, time and again.

From D-Day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the thickly forested slopes of Hill 400, in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field, captured the crucial hill, and held it against all odds.

In each battle, the men of Dog Company made the difference.

“Dog Company” is their unforgettable story — thoroughly researched and vividly told by acclaimed combat historian O’Donnell—a story of extraordinary bravery, courage, and determination. America had many heroes in World War II, but few can say that, but for them, the course of the war may have been very different. The right men, in the right place, at the right time.

Library Happenings

Don’t miss the Summer Reading Program “Paws to Read” Kick-Off Event on Thursday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. Sign up for the program and participate in various activities, including making paper bag animal puppets to decorate the library.

Calling all history buffs: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is hosting a motor coach trip to St. Paul to tour the Minnesota History Center.

While there participants will have the opportunity to see a special exhibit – “Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s,” tour other ongoing exhibits, browse the gift shop, and use the Research Library if desired.

The group will leave the Detroit Lakes Library at 6 a.m. on Saturday May 31, and return at approximately 8 p.m.

Contact the library to learn about the full itinerary. This trip is for adults 18 and older.

Transportation and admission is free, paid for by Minnesota Legacy funds. Stop by the library or call 218-935-2843 to register.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.