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Eagles in the sky

March 27, 2013
Estherville Daily News

We've been told that just as they finished placing flags up to Randy and Carol Blass's home last Thursday, an eagle appeared overhead.

At interment services Tuesday at North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Spencer, right after two Black Hawk helicopters flew over, two eagles locked talons overhead.

And who says God doesn't love America.

Thank you, Estherville

The entire community of Estherville can pride itself on conducting a very dignified service for Stagg Sgt. Steve Blass. The turnout for placing the flags provided by The Flag Man, Larry Eckhardt, was remarkable. Equally remarkable was the fact that there was a great turnout to take the flags down so Larry could be on his way to his next service. And thank you, Larry, for bringing pride and dignity to our community and making a difference for a lot of people.

A lot of thanks should go out as well to the law enforcement who exhibited the epitome of professionalism. They were there for the Blass family and for the Estherville community as a solid, quiet presence. These guys have a lot of class and we should be proud of every last one of them.

Thanks should also go to the regular Army, National Guard members and veterans who gave tremendous dignity to Tuesday's service. And who will every be able to forget the performances of Glenn Henriksen and Billy Hansen who gave Carnegie Hall-level performances to those present.

And, finally, thanks should go to the wonderful people who made a difference for the Blass family just by showing up - whether it was at Tuesday's services or along the entourage route after services.

Your presence did not go unnoticed.



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