A very special event was held at the Fagen Fighters Museum in Granite Falls this past Thursday. A large number of spectators gathered to see a special musical performance by the KMS Marching Saints of Kerkhoven - Murdock -Sundberg. The high school marching band had recently performed at Pearl Harbor where their Salute to WWII performance was very well received. Cloudy skies and scattered showers did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, although a heavy shower forced the marching band inside a hangar to perform their show.
After a breathtaking performance of the Star Spangled Banner by a young lady, the Marching Saints played the Armed Forces Salute as veterans stood up and were recognized when their respective branch theme songs were played. Ron and Diane Fagen then introduced their guest speaker, Richard Donaldson of Tracy, who piloted a B-29 bomber during WWII. Donaldson related stories of his time as a pilot to the attentive audience. The Marching Saints then performed an energetic version of Benny Goodman’s Swing, Swing, Swing, as the flag line danced.
The girls wore period dresses and also wore their hair and make up in the style of the 1940s. The band closed their performance with several band members re-enacting the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. The showers moved out of the area, and the Fagen Fighters were able to fly some WWII planes much to the delight of those gathered at the museum.