Kinship’s Veterans Day program invites the public to ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’

In honor of the men and women who have served America in the armed forces, Kinship is hosting a Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Little Falls Alliance Church, 903 13th Ave. N.E., Little Falls.

It is Kinship’s intention to inspire attendees to “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” and to be more thankful and empathic of the sacrifices American men and women have made, and continue to make, to secure the freedoms and liberties Americans very often take for granted. Veterans with different stories will share their experiences through words, pictures, artifacts, videos and more.

Speakers for the evening include:

  • Chief Petty Officer (Ret) Howard Warnberg – U.S. Navy. Warnberg served during World War II, 1942 – 1946. His role as a torpedoman had him stationed for a time in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Calvin Brembaugh, U.S. Army and Army National Guard. Brumbaugh was drafted into the Army in 1969. He was assigned to the Support Battalion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam. After the war, he joined the National Guard and served for more than 21 years.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Chad Sackett – U.S. Army. Sackett is an Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) Infantry Officer and currently serves as the Deputy Post Commander for Camp Ripley. His military career began in the ROTC program. He was deployed during the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Little Falls American Legion will collect worn flags brought by attendees at no charge and will also have a special presentation.

This event is sponsored by Kinship, and is open to the general public. Folks of all ages are encouraged to attend. The experiences shared at this program are first-hand accounts from these veterans, and some content may be too graphic for young children. Parents are asked to use discretion.

Light refreshments will be provided. Guests are asked to preregister by calling (320) 632-8806, so that Kinship staff can plan for appropriate amounts of refreshments, snacks and seating.