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Memorial Day Service

By Staff | May 27, 2009

IN MEMORY -- Members of V.F.W. Post #2295 stand at attention at Memorial Day services Monday at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg. Members of the V.F.W. and Auxiliary participated in services at the cemetery and at Five Island Lake. --Jane Whitmore photo

American flags snapped in the wind as people gathered in cemeteries to remember those who gave their lives for their country on Memorial Day.

Members of V.F.W. Post #2295 coordinated the Memorial Day Parade and Service in Emmetsburg. Speakers at the Emmetsburg Cemetery included Pastor Steve Ellerbusch, State Representative Marcie Frevert and Major Michael Wunn.

Pastor Ellerbusch encouraged people to remember the children of wars past and the impact on families. He noted that Abraham Lincoln taught us about our attitude toward wars: …that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…

He cited the last paragraph of Lincoln’s second inaugural address which closed with these words:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives 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.

State Representative Marcie Frevert remembered an Emmetsburg friend and military hero.

“I did not know what a hero he was during his military career, giving years of his life to his country. He was a true hero,” she said, referring to the late Bill Ahern.

“We thank those who are living for their service to our country,” she said. “We must show our appreciation boy our words and our deeds.”

U.S. Army Major Michael Wunn recognized those who gave their lives for their country. A part of that recognition was flying American flags at half staff from dawn to noon on Memorial Day.

Major Wunn recognized the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are remembered for their service at home and on foreign soil. He noted that since 9-11, Memorial Day has become even more personal and more somber.

“Memorial Day is a very special day to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of our fellow citizens,” he said.

Three Iowans have given their lives for the cause of freedom since last Memorial Day. Honor and cherish those guardians of freedom.