There is a park in town called Deane Park.
There is also a plaque at the park.
The placque resides on a large boulder.
Now for the rest of the story.
Deane was born January 10 1896 and he died at the age of 22 on November 10 1918. Exactly 100 years and 1 day ago.
Deane graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1914. He attended college but then joined the service. He was training to be a flying cadet when a influenza epidemic swept through the training camp in Berkley California. The ladies of Berkley assisted with the care of the soldiers. Deane died of influenza and pneumonia. He was in his last 12 weeks of training to be an aviator and scheduled to go to France. His body was returned for burial in Park Rapids. He was survived by his wife, his parents and step mother, a half brother and a half sister.
His father was a banker and very prominant citizen of Park Rapids.
The Flying Cadet program was the prototype for the development of our Air Force.
During World War I the cadet was under the age of 25 and had at least two years of college, was physically fit and morally sound.
Can you imagine in the early years many of the young men had never seen an airplane or been in one.
Hats off to all our Veterans. Thank you for your service.