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Korean War is focus of Farmington's Patriotic Day military event

It's been called "The Forgotten War," but in Farmington, the Korean War is being remembered this November. In fact, it is the focus of this year's annual Patriotic Day celebration.

Planners of the event have located a Korean War veteran and speaker, Wayne Uptagrafft, who was involved in special operations during the Korean War. The group has researched music of the period, as well.

Now all they want to find are some of Farmington's Korean War veterans.

As always, Patriotic Day is open to the public, and the program is going to honor all of the men and women who have served in the United States military, be they active military or veterans. But in honor of the Korean War, veterans of that era are especially encouraged to attend this year's event.

"Wayne Uptagrafft was in special ops, and most of the things he did were classified until recently," said Dr. Steven Geis, one of the Patriotic Day's committee members. "But he's done a lot to make a difference in the lives of veterans. He started a Korean War veterans organization, so we're very excited about having him share his story."

The Patriotic Day event will include a pork chop meal at Farmington High School. The meal will begin at 5 p.m., Nov. 1 and be followed by the performance at 7 p.m.

This year, Christian Life School joins in the community event, as well. Staff from CLS have joined the Patriotic Day committee, and students from the school will perform music and readings.

"It's just going to be bigger and better," said Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network coordinator Annette Kuyper. "By engaging every group we can, we can truly make this an all-community event."

The Patriotic Day planning committee is also making arrangements to have people available to help participants who may need assistance get to their seats for dinner or the program. Registration is requested so the committee can plan the right amount of food for the event. Registration is available at the District 192 website,; follow the District News link to the Patriotic Day link to register online or call North Trail Elementary School, 651-460-1800.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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