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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not everyone realizes the Lake Region Color Guard is a worthy cause

One of our members, who solicits donations for our nonprofit organization, was told by a Detroit Lakes business that they don’t give donations to organizations like ours. This made me realize that they definitely do not understand anything about our organization.

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Detroit Lakes Tribune by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the newspaper. To submit a letter, email nbowe@dlnewspapers.com. 

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To the Editor:

I am a proud member of the Lake Region Color Guard, headquartered at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes.

A while ago, the Lake Region Color Guard, all dressed in our uniforms, presented the colors for the kick-off of the Polar Plunge in Detroit Lakes. We arrived early enough to walk to a local bar/restaurant. We all ordered a beverage and one of the Color Guard members asked the waitress if they gave a military discount. She replied that she would check it out. When she returned, she said she couldn’t find anyone to approve the discount. One of our members, who solicits donations for our nonprofit organization, was told by another Detroit Lakes bar/restaurant that they don’t give donations to organizations like ours.

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This made me realize that they definitely do not understand anything about our organization.

We are the Lake Region Color Guard. We are a nonprofit organization that is made up of volunteer veterans from all the branches of the military, who have served during various times.

Dave Coldwell, our commander, shared with me that when they formed the Color Guard it included World War II veterans and Korean war veterans. Our present ranks consists of Vietnam war veterans, Cold War veterans, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and all the time periods in-between those wars.

We are very humbled and honored to be part of presenting colors ceremonies, marching in parades, and our greatest honor, which is participating in military honor funeral ceremonies for our comrades that pass away.

Our main fundraiser is cooking breakfast at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes. We consist of two teams that cook every third Sunday of each month. We serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. It is $7 for scrambled eggs, choice of pancakes or french toast, choice of three sausage links or three strips of bacon. You will see the white sign on the sidewalk advertising the breakfast on West Lake Drive. We do quite well with the support of people coming in for the delicious breakfast.

I would like to emphasize that my fellow comrades and I do not expect a military discount at any business when we use their services. When we receive a military discount, we think of it as a bonus, a little token of their appreciation for individuals that answered the call, drafted or volunteered.

If you were prior service and would like to be part of a great band of brothers, you can get a hold of any member and they will help get you squared away.

-Paul L. Lakin Jr., rural Vergas

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