On May 21, 2020, Daniel R. Olsen American Legion Post 594 held an event honoring the 14 Eagan High School seniors who have committed to the U.S. military after graduation.
In keeping with the established guidelines set out by Gov. Walz, the event was moved from Eagan HS to the Central Park Pavilion.
Post 594 Commander John Flynn was the emcee of this program, and the guest speaker was Past National Commander Dan Ludwig of Red Wing. Eagan HS teacher and Post 594 member Paul Kovach opened and closed the event. Eagan HS Principal Dr. Polly Reikowski attended, and the Post 594 color guard participated.
All of the seniors and family members remained in their vehicles during this ceremony. In lieu of each student talking about their future plans in the military, Flynn shared their stories.
At the end of the program, each student received individual resolutions from the MN House and MN Senate, an American Legion Certificate of Commendation, and a plaque from Eagan HS. They also received branch-of-service pins from Post 594. The resolutions were provided by State Representative Laurie Halverson and State Senator Jim Carlson. Although Laurie and Jim did not attend so that the social-distancing requirements could be maintained, their individual help in getting the resolutions through each chamber of the state government is very much appreciated.
Thanks also to Eagan Police Officer Brian Boekhoff and Superintendent of Eagan Parks Paul Graham for their support on partnering with the post to coordinate the logistics for this event.