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Gladbrook Memorial Day-2013

June 1, 2013
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The whole Memorial Day weekend was very wet with a lot of flooding. It was no different at the Gladbrook/Lincoln area Memorial Day Services conducted on the Mon., May 27th. Pastor Robert Doner of Peace Church gave the address for our veterans at the 15 Mile Grove Cemetery, Maple Hill Cemetery, Badger Hill Cemetery, Chapel Cemetery, Union Grove Cemetery, Union Grove Beach (for those lost at sea) Crystal Cemetery, and Gethmann Cemetery. At these services there were laying of wreaths, honor guard and TAPS. The morning concluded with a large service held at the Gladbrook Memorial Building instead of the All-Veterans Memorial due to the weather. The Legionnaires presented the flags. World War II veteran Dale Osten had the honor of presenting the United States Flag. The G-R Band played the “National Anthem”. & “America”. Pastor Doner stated in his address entitled “Remember the Good Fight of Faith”: “Beloved, we are gathered here to remember the men and women who served their nation courageously and valiantly, and who made the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee our nation’s freedom and to preserve our liberty. As Abraham Lincoln said, at the dedication of a national cemetery at Gettysburg, “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.” Indeed it is fitting and proper. We should honor them. We honor them with our presence today; we honor them when we sing the praises of the nation, like Katharine Bates, in O Beautiful for Spacious Skies: “O beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, Til all success be nobleness, and every gain divine!” And we honor them when we create these thoughts, from I Am America by poet Veltman: “I am the flag of red, white, and blue, which waves over a nation of democracy; the soldier who fights for the beliefs of his people. I am the white cross which guards the graves of men too brave to let their nation go unserved. I serve as a battlefield of restlessness, and bear the scars of hatred. I hold the lantern of love high that others may lean from its light. A am alive- The Spirit of America.” And, beloved, we should remember, too, what they died for: from the winter’s wrath at Valley Forge to the bloody fields of Antietam to the ravages of Belleau Wood and the beaches of Normandy to Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and many other storied places these true patriots formed a nation, preserved that nation, defended that nation and willingly sacrificed themselves as our nation sought to bring hatred, violence, war, and injustice to an end. Lincoln said it well as he invited his listeners to remember what the soldiers had died for at Gettysburg and what, Lincoln said is applicable in a larger view of all our conflicts: “But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated, far above our poor power to add or detract. It is for the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Brothers and sisters, we have made the good decision to be here to remember and to honor those who have given their lives for our nation and for us. Lest we miss the point of the most important way to show our deepest gratitude for their patriotism, courage, loyalty, and sacrifice, let me make it clear: from Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God give us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” We are called to be the witnesses to the very devotion, courage, and unselfish sacrifice of these heroic men and women who served our nation. We are asked to honor their memory and their sacrifice by courageously “fighting the good fight”. For on this day of national remembrance we bear in mind that it is also a day of sacred remembrance; this nation, under God, is a nation called and consecrated to be a beacon of hope and a light to the nations. Guiding our world closer to that life ordained of God and made real through the very sacrifice of God’s Son. Amen” Two poppy and clover wreaths were laid in front of the rifles, hat, & boots by Gladbrook Auxiliary President Jeanne Paustian and AMVET Auxiliary President Karen Lage. The service concluded with the benediction, the salute by the honor squad, and TAPS. G-R musician Shelby Yates played the TAPS. Members of the Honor Guard included from the Lincoln AMVETS Larry Herink and Doug Sienknecht and from the Gladbrook American Legion Carroll Wegner, Loren Frericks, Leo Lohse, Ron Busch, Roger Sievers, Bob Knaack, Don Hein, Jim Gethmann, Terry Schmitz, Craig Russell, Dick Denbow, Russ Rosenberger, and Dennis Haack. Poppies and program books, with all the veterans listed from all the cemeteries, were distributed by Gladbrook Jr. members Kendra, Kayla and Sydney Vavroch and by Chris Hickman. The Memorial Day services were coordinated by the Avenue of Flags Committee of the Gladbrook American Legion & Auxiliary and Lincoln AMVETS and Auxiliary. Many enjoyed the Memorial Day dinner hosted by the Gladbrook Legion & Auxiliary at the Memorial Building.

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World War II veteran Dale Osten had the honor of presenting the United States Flag.



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