Annual Powwow Makes Veterans Feel at Home

By KBJR News 1

July 13, 2013 Updated Jul 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM CDT

Sawyer, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After Rodger Skogman returned from the Vietnam war in 1966, society made him feel ashamed of his service.

"It was all the war protesters, there were blaming the soldier and not the people who started the war. So I did what most veterans did. I grew my hair out and hid," said Skogman.

Now, those feeling are long gone.

"This is a real welcome home for veterans, they take care of you they respect you, it's just wonderful."

Thousands gathered on the Fond du Lac Reservation Saturday to show their respect through music and dancing.

"It's certainly a celebration as you can see, we are honoring our veterans, honoring our veterans who have served, that are now serving and also our deceased veterans," said Powwow Chairman, Chuck Smith.

A Grand March showcased veterans and dancers dressed in different regalia.

"It's a traditional dancer regalia. I'm a traditional dancer I wear all of this to dance in the arena and respect the elders," said James Uran, 9, who has been dancing his whole life.

The celebration continues through the weekend with another Grand March at one on Sunday afternoon and free lunch for attendees at 3 p.m.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.