Serve #18 – Ben & Larry L.



Serve #18

Just a short fifty mile drive southwest of the cities is the rural town of Glencoe where the subjects of Serve#18 live.   Twin brothers Ben and Larry L., who grew up near the neighboring town of Silver Lake, are Army Veterans.  Both brothers served stateside during the Korean War. Their story is one that I hear often from men who grew up in rural towns that dot the Minnesota countryside.

 serve18card_0067-1When asked about their growing up years prior to the Army, they mentioned that they were regular farmboys.  They also mentioned  their reason for serving was because their family members served as well and “We wanted to”.  Both of these gentlemen lead productive lives in the area once their service to our country was done.  Maybe when you look at someone who served our country and stop to think about it…they never really stopped serving.

I am often moved by the strength and courage the men and women who served our country display; there is often a selfless demeanor that pervades each word they speak.  I find myself thankful for their bravery to serve.  Take a few moments to say thank you to a vet or currently active person.  There are stories out there people.  Maybe you need to hear one!


Best wishes,


Shawn Nielsen

Mobile. 612.750.2593

Studio. 763.498.7375





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Posted on December 7, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Very nice. Love these stories and your photos!

  2. Great story. The heroes who’ve served our country do not always grab the headlines. They serve quietly with humility. And often when no one is watching. Thanks for a great story!

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