LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not everyone realizes the Lake Region Color Guard is a worthy cause – Detroit Lakes Tribune
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For the editor:
I am a proud member of the Lake Region Color Guard, headquartered at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes.
A while back, the Lake Region Color Guard, all dressed in our uniforms, presented the colors for the Polar Plunge kickoff in Detroit Lakes. We arrived early enough to walk to a local bar/restaurant. We all ordered a drink and one of the Color Guard asked the waitress if they gave a military discount. She replied that she would check. When she returned, she said she hadn’t found anyone to approve the discount. One of our members, who solicits donations for our non-profit organization, was told by another bar/restaurant in Detroit Lakes that he does not donate to organizations like ours.
It made me realize that they definitely didn’t understand anything about our organization.
We are the color guard of the lake region. We are a non-profit organization made up of volunteer veterans from all branches of the military, who have served in various eras.
Dave Coldwell, our commanding officer, told me that when they formed the Color Guard, it included WWII veterans and Korean War veterans. Our current ranks are comprised of Vietnam War veterans, Cold War veterans, Gulf War veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and all periods between these wars .
We are very humbled and honored to be part of the presentation of the colors ceremonies, parades and our greatest honor, which is to participate in the military honor funeral ceremonies for our fallen comrades.
Our main fundraiser is cooking breakfast at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes. We are made up of two teams that cook every third Sunday of each month. We serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s $7 for scrambled eggs, choice of pancakes or French toast, choice of three sausages or three strips of bacon. You will see the white sign on the sidewalk announcing breakfast on West Lake Drive. We are doing pretty well with the support of people who come for the delicious breakfast.
I want to emphasize that my comrades and I do not expect a military discount in any company when using their services. When we receive a military discount, we consider it a bonus, a small token of their appreciation for people who answered the call, drafted or volunteered.
If you were a former service and want to be part of a large group of brethren, you can contact any member and they will help you square up.
-Paul L. Lakin Jr., Rural Vergas