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What Veterans Day means to veterans

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
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Veterans Day may conjure up images of the flag of the United States of America blowing in the wind, courageous soldiers in their uniforms, and the faces of those we have lost. It should also make every citizen feel a sense of pride and remembrance. But what does Veterans Day mean to Veterans? Veterans Day must take on an entirely different meaning for those who have served in any branch of the armed services for our country. The following soldiers were gracious enough to share with us their thoughts and feelings about Veterans Day.

Adam Knoepke

Adam Knoepke, originally from Preston, Minn., served 15 years active in the United States Army. His rank of Sergeant First Class is a credit to Knoepke’s outstanding service. Adam recently transferred to the Army National Guard where he will spend his next four years until he retires from service.

The last four months Mr. Knoepke spent in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor performing various jobs. Having been the Security Director at Bagram Air Force Base, Adam has provided personal security and escorts, among other duties.

When asked why he made the decision to enlist Adam stated, “It was something I always wanted to do.” Serving their country runs in Adam’s family with several members having served, including Adam’s Grandfather, Lavern Knoepke, who is a Korean War Veteran, and his brother Ben among others who have enlisted. Adam has a family at home who waits for him when he is away including his wife, Nicole, and sons Caden (3), and Carson (5 months). Adam recently began employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer and sees himself working there until retirement.

When asked what Veterans Day means to him Adam answered, “It is a remembrance of everyone who serves,” and, “To think about their families, past and present, who have someone serving.” Veterans Day means to recognize the “freedoms we enjoy here,” Adam stated. He then added, “It makes you appreciate where you live.”

Jake Fournier

Jake Fournier, of Lanesboro, Minn., enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17. At the age of 18 he began life as a soldier. While in Afghanistan Jake’s primary job was as a Mortar man in the Infantry. At the age of 24, Jake has risen to the rank of Corporal. Jake is currently inactive and will be ending his term of service in October of 2013.

When asked what traits the United States Marines Corps have instilled in him Jake replied “discipline” and “patience.” He then commented that being in the Marines has made him “a more well-rounded person” and it “opened his eyes to a lot of things.”

Jake and his girlfriend, Laura Wiechmann, have a one year old son named Gunner. Jake is currently working for the City of Lanesboro. He had worked for the city in the past, and when he returned home he was grateful to be able to regain his employment there.

For Jake Fournier Veterans Day means, “Honoring those before me and after me,” he said.

On Veterans Day, and every day, soldiers should be given the honor and gratitude they deserve for the service they have given, are currently giving, or will give in the future.


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4:10:50, Nov 7th 2012

Fillmore County Veteran says:
Awesome article! Thanks to Adam and Jake for sharing their stories!


4:01:43, Nov 9th 2012

Bizworldusa says:
Excellent article. The information is good about the And and Jake. Thanks for sharing their stories.....


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