Last Wednesday, a large number of veterans and dignitaries gathered at the Montevideo American Legion to hear the an≠nouncement of a very generous donation to the Montevideo Veterans Home Project.

Last Wednesday, a large number of veterans and dignitaries gathered at the Montevideo American Legion  to hear the an­nouncement of a very generous donation to the Montevideo Veterans Home Project.

James Williams, brother of the late Vietnam veteran Steven Williams, joined representatives of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and the City of Montevideo to announce the details of the donation. Steven grew up on a farm near Clarkfield with his brothers Tom and James. Steven joined the Army in 1968 and served honorably in Vietnam, returning home after two years of service.

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Montevideo American Legion Post Commander and City Council President Marvin Garbe welcomed the many veterans and distinguished guests. Garbe thanked everyone who has generously donated money toward the project. He said: “I also want to thank all the veterans who have stuck with us these last 11 years and made numerous trips to testify at the capitol.” After a few more remarks, Garbe then introduced James Williams to the audience.

James opened his remarks with a favorite quote of Steve’s. “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation,” said James. “Is the veterans home luck? No. Opportunity is meeting preparation,” he said.

James spoke of his brother Steven’s service to America during the Vietnam War, and the protests and anger many Vietnam vets faced when they returned home.

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James then asked for all Vietnam veterans in attendance to stand in front of a large banner covered in plastic. James said: “Steve’s legacy of protecting his brothers and service to our country will live on.” Once the veterans were assembled, the banner was unveiled, revealing the announcement of $2.8 million donation from Steven’s estate to go toward the Montevideo Veterans Home Project. A loud round of applause erupted from those in attendance.

After returning from Vietnam, Steven attended college in Marshall and then went to work for many years with Hormel ...

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