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Minnesota Faces: A World War II veteran from Kenyon May 22, 2015

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Portrait #24: Howard Homeier

Howard Homeier in his cherished early 1950s Chevy pick-up truck.

Howard Homeier in his cherished early 1950s Chevy pick-up truck. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2009.

When I met World War II veteran Howard Homeier of Kenyon, in Kenyon, in August 2009, he’d just come from Kenyon Veterans Memorial Park. There, with other members of the Kenyon Veterans Color Guard, he’d participated in a ceremony during this southern Minnesota community’s annual Rose Fest.

Howard and I chatted briefly about his service with the U.S. Army in the China Burma India Theater. Then I admired his vintage 50s truck, with Howard allowing me to photograph it and him in it.

What I mostly admired, though, was Howard’s patriotism and support of veterans. Although I didn’t ask, I’m certain he does not take freedom for granted. He understands its cost. This vet put his freedom into practice by serving in Kenyon city government.

Nearly six years after meeting Howard, I still remember him. I hope you, too, this weekend remember and honor a veteran.

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This is part of a series, Minnesota Faces, featured every Friday on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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30 Responses to “Minnesota Faces: A World War II veteran from Kenyon”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    I’m still adjusting to the reality that it IS Memorial Day (Weekend)!!!!! I’m not sure if it’s the “retirement” or what, but time has a very different (odd at times) quality to it these days. Love this series (actually, ALL your jottings!!!!) and always look forward to seeing our little corner of the world through your sensitive observations.

  2. Perfect photo to kick off this holiday weekend.

  3. I’ll be honoring my good old Army sergeant Dad who happens to be a Minnesota boy too. I like this series of yours very much, Audrey.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Perfect photo for this Memorial weekend. A great reminder to honor those who have and still do serve our country.

  5. Littlesundog Says:

    I love this fella. What a great photo, Audrey. I happen to love old Chevy trucks too. 🙂

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    Our veterans certainly deserve to be honoured. I do love how he is still driving around in a truck from the 50’s – most people in Sydney think they have an old car if it’s three years old! xx

  7. Laurie at MN Machinery Museum Says:

    Yes, once again beautifully written! A heartfelt thank you to all our veterans and those presently serving our great country! Audrey — have you been up to Granite Falls and visited Fagen Fighters WWII Museum — it is at the Granite Falls airport — right down the road from Minnesota’s Machinery Museum — it is awesome — you would have a wonderful time and great photo ops! Let me know if you are going to come as I would love to meet up with you!

  8. Sue Ready Says:

    I’m certain he does not take freedom for granted. He understands its cost. This vet put his freedom into practice by serving in Kenyon city government.
    This sentence above that was in your recent posting capsulizes the meaning of the day. i agree with others when they say you have a knack for “nailing” it,


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