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Joe Venier of the Honor Guard of VFW Posts 137 and 6320 salutes as taps is played during a Memorial Day ceremony in May 1997 at Calvary Cemetery. (File / News Tribune)

Local view: Medals or not, all were heroes and patriots

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I sat across the kitchen table from Joe Venier and listened to his story. Joe was a World War II veteran and former commander of the Duluth Honor Guard, and his story was one of heroism, loyalty and modesty. I was in Joe’s home for three reasons. One, as a veteran, I was interested in Joe’s story; I empathized with it.


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