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Bong Center highlights Twin Ports during WWI

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Center hosts Clyde Annala on Thursday for a review of World War I — its cause, conflict and consequences — while providing a look at life in the Twin Ports during this tumultuous time.

Annala is a lifelong Northland resident who joined the U.S. Army in 1968. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and a tour in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and 247th "Dustoff" Air Ambulance Detachment. After his service, he was a police officer for 26 years, retiring from the Duluth Police Department as a detective, sergeant and tactical commander. He has been researching the Twin Ports during the first World War for many years.

In addition to the program, we will be opening our brand new trench display. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a mock WWI trench that includes authentic Army equipment and uniforms. We invite you to witness the local stories of fallen WWI veterans and experience what it was like for them as they battled in the iconic trenches.

Refreshments provided. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

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