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Veterans Day, Mason City, 2016


Posted By: Sharon R Becker (email)
Date: 11/13/2016 at 17:04:53

The Globe-Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Friday, November 11, 2016

North Iowa Veterans hailed for stepping up to duty
by John Skipper

MASON CITY -- Retired National Guard Lt. Col. Brent Trout paid tribute to the dedication and service of America's military men and women Friday.

Trout, city administrator of Mason City, served 29 years in the National Guard that included two tours of duty in Iraq. He was the featured speaker at the Veterans Day observance at the Mason City VFW post.

Speaking of all veterans, he said, "It's easy to step up and take notice. It's harder to step up and take action."

Trout told of his experience serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and also Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"I came to have a genuine respect for Iraqis," he said. "Maybe someone had a better chance at life because I was there."

His voice quivered a little as he told of a young man who was under his command when he was acting battalion commander in Iraq. He said the man had volunteered to serve and took part in the extremely dangerous mission of transporting fuel to the battlefield. He was killed when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).

The memory of that young man and his service has stayed with him, said Trout.

He said veterans hold a unique place in society.

"We are one of the smallest minorities and yet one of the most appreciated," he said.

The program at the VFW was preceded by a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Central Park.

Photograph, courtesy of Globe-Gazette: Members of the VFW Post 733 fire rifle volleys during the Mason City Veterans Day observance in Central Park.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2016


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