The Ox Cart Days Veterans Recognition Ceremony, made possible by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, will take place this Saturday, August 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. This year, the recognized veterans are Matt Genereux, Nick Genereux, Becky Kofoed and Cole Perry.

Matt Generous joined the Army National Guard in Moorhead, MN in 2002 and served active duty in Al-Fallujah, Iraq and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for 16 months from 2006 to 2007 and left for November 2008. While in Iraq, he was one of eight medics seconded to Bravo Infantry Unit out of Crookston, where he would travel with the patrols and care for all wounded soldiers until they can bring them back to base, the objective being within the hour. He was also part of clinics for Iraqi civilians, such as helping with schools, supply issues, and getting clean water. One of the main reasons Matt joined the service was the 9/11 attack and he felt he had to step in to take care of the nation. “I just want to say thank you to the people who nominated and selected me for recognition,” Genereux said, “It’s humbling and I appreciate it.”

Nick Generous joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2003 and also served as a medic like his brother and served for six years and four months. “I was stationed here with Bravo Company from Crookston when we deployed, and as a medic,” Nick said, “I went on patrol everywhere they went for the day and was there if we were needed and to do other daily tasks for the mission we were doing Nick provided medical care when needed and assisted with other tasks assigned to the soldiers Nick said he joined the service to serve his country and enjoy some of the educational benefits available to him during his service.

Becky Kofoed entered the United States Navy straight out of high school under the Deferred Entry Program in early 2000 and entered active duty in September 2000 as an Aviation Ordnanceman on a naval aircraft carrier . She served on the carrier for five years with a diverse population of approximately 55,000 people from across the country and worked with them to build and prepare bombs that would be loaded onto planes for delivery to their destinations. Kofoed had an uncle who also served in the navy before her, and she heard many stories about the service from him. “I am absolutely honored to be recognized alongside the other three this Saturday,” Kofoed said, “I feel privileged to have been able to serve in the United States Navy, and I feel like this community has been incredibly favorable since the first day of my return from the army and helped me reacclimate to civilian life.

Cole Perry entered the U.S. Army in Fargo, ND on September 5, 2006. Cole’s friend, Larry Tucker, was his role model. He had heard what Larry had been through and thought he should serve his country. Cole said it was only four years – he could handle that.

Cole entered basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with a completion date of December 2006. He was then deployed to Baumholder, Germany from January 2007 to January 2008. He was then deployed to Iraq from January 2008 to May 2009. Cole returned to Baumholder until November 2009. His MOS was a Fire Support Specialist – called in to support the AC130 Combat Artillery. In Iraq, Cole was in the infantry with the same platoon. He returned to the United States at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was discharged on October 22, 2010, with the rank of sergeant.

The Ox Cart Days Veteran Appreciation Ceremony will take place this Saturday, August 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the event sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee.