Fagen WWII Museum to hold commencement

GRANITE FALLS — The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will be holding a commencement for the 75th anniversary of D-Day today starting at 11a.m.

“We did it on the 70th and now we’re doing it again for the 75th,” said Diane Fagen, owner of the museum.

Fagen said even though it is not something they hold every year it is important to the Fagens.

“My husband’s dad, Ray Fagen, fought at D-Day. He was on the Higgins boat in the first wave on Utah Beach. This is a big deal for our family,” Fagen said.

The commencement will include an invocation and music. Jim Johns, an author and WWII historian from Minneapolis, will be the speaker presenting at the commencement.

“We will have an innovation, music, a speaker, and then war bird flying, but it is not an air show,” Fagen said.

Fagen expects many WWII veterans from around the area attending the event.

“It’s to honor the vets that are still here and the sacrifice of the greatest generation,” said Fagen.

Fagen said there will be food on the grounds available in the lawn during the afternoon for lunch.

The Fagen Fighters WWII Muesum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Groups of 10 or more can call for a guided tour in advance at 320-564-6644.

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