On April 13th, the Richard I Bong Veterans Center will host Clyde Annala, who will review World War One, its cause, the conflict, and consequences while providing a look at life in the Twin Ports during this tumultuous time.
Clyde is a lifelong Northland resident, who joined the U.S. Army in 1968. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and a tour in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and 247th “Dustoff” Air Ambulance Detachment. After his service, he was a police officer for 26 years, retiring from the Duluth Police Department as a detective, sergeant, and tactical commander. He has been researching the Twin Ports during WW I for many years.
In addition to the program, we will be opening our brand new trench display. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a mock WWI trench that includes authentic Army equipment and uniforms. We invite you to come and witness the local stories of fallen WWI veterans and experience what it was like for them as they battled in the iconic trenches.
Refreshments will be provided. The program will start at 6:30 p.m.
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II, as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.