The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall program will conduct their 15th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Nov. 15.
For one night only at the Depot in Duluth, the dinner will showcase together the Medals of Honor belonging to five local men. The theme will be "Such Good Men … Forged Under Fire."
Keynote speaker will be Gen. Richard Neal, U.S. Marine Corp. (Ret.). He will present a tribute to area Medal of Honor recipients "whose leadership lessons are demonstrated in incontestable acts of gallantry: Oscar F. Nelson, Donald E. Rudolph, Michael Colalillo, Henry A. Courtney, Jr., and Dale E. Wayrynen," said a Friday news release announcing the event.
The event begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot), and will end by 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help support the Veterans Memorial Hall program. As part of the festivities, local artist Tim Cortes will unveil an original artwork honoring the five recipients, and the Mike Colalillo Scholarship will be awarded, the news release said.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the office of Veterans Memorial Hall at the Depot, or be reserved by calling (218) 733-7586. The Depot is located at 506 W. Michigan St. in downtown Duluth.
The event is sponsored by "many leading area businesses," the news release said. Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association will prepare the plated dinner and donate their services. The ROTC (University of Minnesota Duluth) will serve guests.
Veterans Memorial Hall, established in 1909, is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. "It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts, and to educate the public about the history of veterans from Northeastern Minnesota," the news release said.