A unique cane-carver will be the special guest of the Sartell Senior Connection at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Sartell School District Office.
Dale Lesser of Buffalo is involved in the “Eagle Honor Canes” program for military veterans who have lost a leg, foot or hip or who have received a Purple Heart for service to their country. Veterans apply for the canes at no charge to them. Then Lesser interviews each vet and gets details of what is wanted to be carved on that particular personalized cane. The handle of each cane is a hand-carved eagle.
The eagle-cane tradition began in the Civil War in which scores of thousands of men lost limbs.
Lesser has carved 160 of the canes since Sept. 9, 2011. Currently, he is the only such carver in Minnesota. One reason Lesser has been making guest appearances, including the upcoming one in Sartell, is an effort to get other wood carvers interested in the project.