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World War II Veteran, Louis Alvar, Honored

Updated: 08/22/2014 10:24 PM
Created: 08/22/2014 8:49 PM WDIO.com

A special moment for the family of a World War II veteran, who passed away three decades ago.

A flag for Louis Alvar was raised and flown in a short ceremony with the honor guard Friday morning. Alvar, who was from Duluth, was a merchant marine who delivered supplies to our troops. The government did not recognize the merchant marines military status until 1988, and that was after Alvar had died. So his family found out this military honor was available now.

"My dad passed away in 1984," said Tim Alvar, son of Louis Alvar. "He was never given burial flag or an honor guard salute. It's been 30 years in the making."

The flag will be flown at the Bong Center for a week. The center estimates this is only the second one ever flown for a merchant marine.

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