©Ivy Vainio. Used with permission

  I have something for you and for him. It’s the only Ojibwe song I know and it was given to me to sing in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg. I sang it there for my wife’s great uncle Johnny Mercer and everyone who died on that B-17 bomber and for every warrior there. It’s a Soldier Song and I want to sing it for you now.

  It’s the only thing I have left for you.  

National Archives

This week: honor, service, and keeping a promise.



In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

Fletcher Hinds

When Fletcher Hinds returned to Minnesota in 1969 from his tour of duty in Vietnam ... no one said anything to him about his time in the service.

While many Minnesota vets didn't face the venom and protests that others around the country did, the silence was just as hard.