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Veterans visit for Mass

Monsignor James Kaczmarek, a 25-year U.S. Air Force veteran who conducts weekly Mass at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, invited veterans at the center to instead attend Mass on Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. The group gathered after the Mass in the church’s garden area. From left are Maureen Anderson, a volunteer at Immaculate Conception and the VA Medical Center; James Nixon, an 86-year-old Air Force veteran; Kaczmarek; Richard Marenger, a 91-year-old Navy and Army veteran; Robert Paul, a 71-year-old Army veteran; and Larry Zani, a 55-year-old Army veteran. (Brian Christensen/Daily News photo)
Monsignor James Kaczmarek, a 25-year U.S. Air Force veteran who conducts weekly Mass at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, invited veterans at the center to instead attend Mass on Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. (Brian Christensen/Daily News photo)

Monsignor James Kaczmarek, a 25-year U.S. Air Force veteran who conducts weekly Mass at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, invited veterans at the center to instead attend Mass on Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. The group gathered after the Mass in the church’s garden area. “The weather cooperated,” Kaczmarek said. Richard Marenger, a 91-year-old Navy and Army veteran, called the outing “a very touching experience,” adding, “I will remember this day for the rest of my life.”