Hewitt National Guardsman deployed to protests

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

by Trinity Gruenberg


Answering a call to serve his country, Collin Morris of Hewitt enlisted in the National Guard when he was 18 years old.

“I’ve always had sort of a heart for serving my country, but I figured that I could also

use military benefits to set myself up for a future family,” said Morris.

Morris is a 2015 graduate of the Bertha-Hewitt School and just celebrated his 23rd birthday. He currently resides in Fargo where he signed up for next semester’s classes at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he’ll be studying physical education.

Along with his busy schedule, Morris received a phone call that he was being activated to assist with protests in the The Cities.

After the death of George Floyd, at the hands of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin with three other officers standing by on May 25, outrage was sparked among the community and it spread globally. Protesters filled the streets the following day calling for justice and to end racism. The protest turned to riots, causing property destruction and looting in many areas. The governor enacted a curfew and called for the activation of the Minnesota National Guard.

Specialist E-4 Morris was one of more than 7200 Guardsmen that were deployed from across the state.

The only units that were exempt were deployed units and those in the process of being deployed overseas. . . . .

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