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Blass flagpole dedicated in Estherville

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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Estherville-Lincoln Central squares off in its home opener Friday night against Algona.    
But before kickoff, students, parents, and coaches will honor one of their own.

Staff Sergeant Steven Blass spent two years playing ball out on the ELC football field.

In 2003, he graduated and entered the Army.

A fan of flying, Blass became a crew chief on Black Hawk helicopters.

He died during a training mission in Afghanistan this past spring.

This summer, the town set out to raise $6,000 for a memorial to Blass.
They raised $10,000 in just a month.

Before Friday's game, the community gathered to dedicate a new flag pole and flag.

"In small town Iowa this is where people come together on Friday night.  I think it's important and a great place to remember one of our students,one of our community members," Brad Leonard, Estherville Lincoln Central Athletics Director, said

At 6:40 the teams cleared the field for a moment of silence.

Then Blass's aunt, Karen Stoller, addressed the crowd.

The flag was lit and the ELC Band played the national anthem.    
Then the National Guard fired cannons and both teams' captains received a game ball from the Blass family.

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