Flag honors Maple man who served in Air National GuardA Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday for a Maple man who served his country as a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard. The American Flag will be raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Arnold W. Perala.
A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday for a Maple man who served his country as a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard. The American Flag will be raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Arnold W. Perala.
Perala was born to Jacob and Hilda Perala of Maple on July 28, 1935. He resided in Maple at his birthplace his entire life. He had to take over the farming operation when he was 14 years old after the death of his father. Perala attended Maple Corner Elementary School and then graduated from Northwestern High School in Maple.
When Perala joined the Minnesota Air National Guard in 1960, he decided to quit farming since it would have taken up too much time. He spent six years in the Air National Guard and retired from that service in 1966.
While in the Air National Guard, Perala was a member of the honor guard for President Kekkunen of Finland who visited the Twin Ports during his visit to the United States. All the members of that particular honor guard were of Finnish descent and were personally requested to be part of the ceremonies. While a member of the Air National Guard, Perala earned his private pilot’s license. He was in the Air National Guard on active duty alert during the Berlin Crisis.
After leaving the Air National Guard, Perala became an employee of the Burlington Northern Railroad as an electrician.
On Oct. 3, 1970, Arnold married the love of his life, Doris Anttila also of Maple. They enjoyed living in their home in Maple, babysitting for their niece and nephews for several years and traveling and vacationing. The couple visited several states and even traveled overseas to Finland to visit relatives.
Perala’s favorite hobby was collecting all of the yearly brochures for all makes of cars and trucks advertising the new vehicles.
Unfortunately, Perala was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and dealt with it for many years. He passed away on Dec. 24, 2008. Perala is survived by his wife, Doris.
She and the entire Antilla family are proud of Perala’s service to our country and are happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in his memory.
This event is free and open to the public.
The “Flag of Remembrance Program,” sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, honors the life and memory of one deceased veteran every week by flying a flag over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. The flag is respectfully raised at a ceremony at 9 a.m. each Friday by members of the American Legion Post 435. On the following Friday, at 8:30 a.m., the flag is then lowered. Information on that veteran is on display in the center throughout the week.
For more information about the “Flag of Remembrance Program,” you may contact any of the following individuals: John Vaski at 715-394-7693, Scott Markle at 218-269-4675. You may also leave a message at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center at 715-392-7151. Or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.