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ALBERT LEA, MN — An event in southern Minnesota is honoring the men and women that serve our country.
An open house was held at the Albert Lea National Guard Armory. It is all part of the second annual Freedom Festival, which is organized by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
Everything from military vehicles to weapons were on display giving people a chance at an up close look at this equipment.
“You can see the excitement or hear that wow, that’s heavy or how far does this shoot and all of the great questions that our soldiers study so hard to learn and now the people get to experience what it is that we wear and carry,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Dahlen.
It is also a great way to connect with other veterans.
“The older veterans from past generations come in and see the new stuff and then veterans talk to veterans and talk about how stuff has changed and man I wish I had that when I was in or the other way around, I wish we had their stuff,” Dahlen said.
There were also live musicians from Clear Lake and Mankato to go along with the food and refreshments Saturday night.