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Memorial Day Pays Tribute To Fallen Military

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

TAPS - Emmetsburg High School Band Director Aaron Phillips plays Taps during the Memorial Day observance Monday at the Emmetsburg VFW. -- Jane Whitmore photo

Community residents gathered at the VFW Post Home for the annual Memorial Day service on Monday morning. Commander Terry Chamberlain led the service of remembrance.

Guest speaker was Captain Justin J. Wygle, Iowa National Guard. He addressed what is special about Memorial Day and why people should care.

“Memorial Day is a time to honoe military men and whomen who have given their lives while serving our great nation,” said Wygle.

Wygle said these selfless warriors answered the call to preserve liberty, justice, quality of life and to helpkeep the world free from tyeranny.

Two anniversaries that will be observed next year are the 100thAnnivefrsary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917; and, the continuing anniversary of the Viet Nam War. He noted that 115,000 Iowans served in the Vietnam War; and 869 Iowans died.

On Memorial Day, across countless cemeteries in Iowa and the Nation, missing warriors will be remembered.

During the service, Commander Chamberlain read the names of veterans who had passed away in the last year. Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson read Lincoln’s Gerrysburg Address and Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes read John A. Logan’s Order of the day for the first Memorial Day in 1868.

TAPS — Aaron Phillips, Band Director at Emmetsburg Community School (above, left), played the echo to Taps at the Memorial Day Service. Additional trumpeters were Michael Woodruff and Doug Vesey.