Collecting World War II history in France

Matti Martin (pictured) and Ron Hustvedt collected small samples of sand at Utah Beach during their trip to Normandy, France. The pair will speak at this year’s Elk River Independence Day celebration at Lions Park in Elk River.

Photo by Ron Hustvedt

Photo by Ron Hustvedt

The program will feature a number of other things including a salute to local law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency personnel and a North Memorial Air Care helicopter landing. There also will be music and activities at the park and fireworks will light up the night sky at 10:15 p.m.

For more about the program, including a story on Dan Hertsgaard, a retired WCCO Radio broadcaster who lives in Elk River and who will serve as the master of ceremonies, click here.

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