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The opening ceremony of the 20th Mighty Ax Nationals at North Central Speedway featured seven rows of race cars displaying the American and Marine flags in honor of the 13 service members who were killed in the Kabul, Afghanistan, bombing.

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Drivers, crew members, families and fans stand in tribute as one of the seven rows of cars moves by with American and Marine Flags in honor of the 14 marines that were killed at the Kabul Afghanistan airport bombing during the withdrawal of troops. The ceremony was a portion of the opening for the 20th Annual Mighty Ax Nationals at North Central Motor Speedway Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The opening ceremony of the 20th Mighty Ax Nationals at North Central Speedway featured seven rows of race cars displaying the American and Marine flags in honor of the 13 service members who were killed in the Kabul, Afghanistan, bombing.

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UPDATE: This story was updated to correct errors about the bombing in Afghanistan.

There were 13 service members killed and not all were Marines.

The Dispatch regrets the errors.

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.
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