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Freedom Is Not Free

By Staff | Jun 1, 2011

Members of VFW Post #2295 fired a volley of three shots in memory of fallen comrades during Memorial Day services at Evergreen Cemetery. --Jane Whitmore photo

With flags flying in the breeze, Memorial Day services were held on the shores of Five Island Lake and at Evergreen Cemetery on Monday.

Speakers at the service reminded residents of the freedoms we have because of the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

The Rev. Nicholas Thackery talked about freedom and the men and women who gave their lives for freedom.

“Countless lives have been laid down so we may be free — free to work and free to worship God,” said Rev. Thackery, as he reminded the audience of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Ted Ellis, USAF retired, is ombudsman for Employer support of the Guard and Reserve. He works to resolve conflicts between employees and employers. Ellis has presented he Patriotic Award to POET?Biorefinery, nominated by A.J. Poeppe; and the Freedom Award to KW Electric, nominated by Jeff Hersom.

Speakers stand at attention during Memorial Day services at Evergreen Cemetery. Pictured (from the left) are VFW Commander Ron Hersom, the Rev. Nicholas Thackery, Deputy Todd Suhr, Capt. Victor Shenton, Josh Kibbie and Col. Ted Ellis, USAF retired. --Jane Whitmore photo

Captain Victor Schenton of the Iowa Army National Guard remembered the five Iowans who have given their lives overseas since last Memorial Day and the hundred thousand Americans who gave their lives in armed conflicts, noting “Freedom is far from Free.” He referred to them as ordinary people called at impossible odds to do extraordinary things. We honor those missing warriors.