Veterans Memorial benefit cruise tickets still available


Tickets remain available for the 11th Annual Stillwater Veterans Memorial Benefit Cruise Monday on the St. Croix River.

U.S. Navy Capt. David S. Ratte, the commanding officer and professor of Naval Science at the University of Minnesota Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Battalion is the event speaker.

A Stillwater native, Ratte began his naval career at the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating with merit in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Management from The George Washington University, and is a Joint Specialty Officer and graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

He served as commander of Submarine Squadron 17, the largest squadron in the submarine force, from August 2008 to April 2010, where he and his staff were responsible for manning, training and equipping Bangor and Bremerton-based submarines and their crews.

Ratte’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (gold star in lieu of fifth award), Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (silver star in lieu of sixth award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is married to Dr. Karen Elhai, MD, and has three grown children.

The Stillwater Veterans Memorial Dinner Cruise boards at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The boat leaves the dock promptly at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $30 which includes dinner and the cruise.

Because the Veterans Memorial is a nonprofit organization, $15 of each ticket is tax deductible. Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation and improvement of the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, located at Third and Pine streets. Dick Anderson of St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. is again sponsoring the cruise. For tickets or information, visit or call 651-344-6245.