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Garwin Memorial Day observance By Margaret Thomsen

June 7, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
Vice Commander Tom Podhajsky welcomed those gathered for the Wm. Saunders American Legion Post 71 of Garwin Memorial Day Services. Inclement weather brought the services indoor to the GMG High School Gym. Chaplain Jerry Abbe offered the Prayer. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Vice Commander Tom Podhajsky, the GMG Band played “The Star Spangled Banner”. The band is directed by Mr. Dan Lastovka. Jerry Abbe read the list of Deceased Veterans from the area who are buried at various cemeteries. These men and women are remembered for their service to our country for all wars, conflicts and peace time service. The traditional “Laying of the Wreath” was done by Garwin Auxiliary member, Floris Stamp. GMG Speech Team members provided the program. Coach Margaret Thomsen introduced Olivia Welton and Jennifer Borota. They addressed the significance of Memorial Day to them as a young person. They told how it means coming to play in the GMG Band as a community service. They also thanked the service men and women and their families for all the sacrifices they have made as they have served our country. Former GMG Speech Team member, Joe Barloon, read a poem “Ragged Old Flag”. Joe had read this as he participated in competition while in high school. He is now a senior at UNI, majoring in Communications. His reading was very emotional and brought many to tears as they pondered what our United States Flag really represents and the happenings that have kept our country free. GMG Band closed the program with a medley of songs. No guns are allowed on school grounds, so the 21 Gun Salute was not held. Mr. Lastovka played “Taps”, as the Legion members stood at attention.

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The GMG Band, under the direction of Mr. Dan Lastovka provided music for the Memorial Services in Garwin.



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