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William Nixon was one of Farmington’s early settlers, and a Civil War veteran. His gravestone in Corinthian Cemetery cites the many engagements he participated in as part of the Co. A. 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. The organizers of Farmington’s annual Patriotic Day would like to share some of those soldiers’ stories at this year’s event.

Farmington's Patriotic Day group seeks Civil War descendants


Farmington’s annual Patriotic Day ceremony always honors veterans. This year, though, none of the featured veterans will be able to participate in the program.

That’s because the 2014 Patriotic Day ceremony is highlighting veterans from the Civil War. It’s a different spin on the ceremony, which has in recent years featured veterans from World War II, the Korean War and, last year, Vietnam.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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