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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII, color corps from Michigan District #1 participated in a memorial event Sept. 7 at Orchard Lake Seminary in Orchard Lake. Thirty Knights in full regalia, along with a Marine Corps Color Guard, attended Mass followed by a procession to the Katyn Monument.

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Eight members from Father Emil J. Kapaun Council 11987 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany attended a men's retreat at the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault, just south of Paris. Knights joined the 55 Benedictine monks at the monastery at prayer, Mass and meals, and also helped with some tasks around the abbey. Following the pilgrimage, Knights visited the Aisnes-Marnes American Cemetery in Belleau-Aisne, France, to give tribute to the U.S. Marines who died during World War I.

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Father William W. Finley Council 4374 in St. Paul sponsored a Sunday picnic for the Family Readiness Group of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment. More than 200 children and adults, including members of the St. Thomas's Men's Club and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Suburban Ramsey County, joined the council in support of the 147th Readiness Group.

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Allegany Council 1220 hosted a welcome-home celebration and reception for council member Maj. Patrick Miller, who was severely wounded in the April 2014 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Knights also decked out their council hall with patriotic banners for Maj. Miller, who was hospitalized for several months and underwent multiple surgeries in the wake of the shooting.

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Msgr. Peter Blessing Council 5273 in Coventry has taken over maintenance of the town's Memorial Park, which was previously administered by AMVETS. Knights gather at the park weekly to rake, trim, weed and clean the area. The council also works with the town to obtain mulch for the park and new flags.

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Msgr. Francis D. Grady Assembly and Father Emil J. Kapaun Assembly, both in Knoxville, provided an honor guard when two Medal of Honor recipients visited Sacred Heart School. Master Sgt. Leroy A. Petry and Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter met with students from four area schools and answered questions on a variety of topics. Both men were wounded during deployments in the Middle East and were awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery on the battlefield in saving the lives of fellow soldiers.

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Six assemblies from in and around Milwaukee provided an honor guard for veterans who were returning from an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight provides one-day trips to the national's capital for World War II veterans who have never had an opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial.

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