Letter: Thanks for turnout to North veterans’ event

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To the editor:

Thanks to the Review for publicizing the event and to all those who turned out to North High Football’s Military Appreciation Night.

More than 70 veterans and their families attended the event and it’s something we’d like to continue into the future.

In the accompanying photos, North High Football Coach Eric Longtin and his players present the proceeds from the team’s first annual Military Appreciation Night to North St. Paul Veterans Park Initiative members Joe Zakrewski and Dan Fisher. The event, coordinated by Lisa Bonko, raised $540 for the project and drew over 70 veterans and their families.

In the photo taken at halftime in the game, ninth-grade Polar team members Alec Babin and Donovan Jelinek present World War II veteran Richard Thill with an autographed helmet. Mr. Thill is one of the last surviving members of the USS Ward, the destroyer that fired the first American shot in World War II.

Dave Bonko
Assistant coach, North High Football

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