Before the annual American Legion Post 66 and Auxiliary Memorial Day Services could begin at the Memorial Hall in New England, additional seating needed to be added.
By RACHEL BOCK | For The Herald
Before the annual American Legion Post 66 and Auxiliary Memorial Day Services could begin at the Memorial Hall in New England, additional seating needed to be added. A crowd of over 70 people from New England and surrounding communities gathered together on Monday, May 25 to celebrate the lives of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Patriotic music was played before and during the ceremony by Carolyn Erickson. A special song called Bring Him Home was also performed by Mark Koller.
Pastor Jerry Erickson from Amidon was the guest speaker. Erickson started his speech on how he is not a veteran, but originally wanted to join the Marine Corps. Due to other circumstances, his father asked him to stay home and farm. Erickson then went off to college, and also attended the seminary then started his service to the church.
Erickson spoke about how patriotism is a characteristic of veterans, but that you don’t have to be a veteran to be patriotic. He spoke about how non-veterans can still have a love for our country, and appreciate, with gratitude, the service given by the men and women who have or who are currently serving in the armed forces. He also said said veterans and non veterans can work together, to provide assistance to those service members who are returning home from war with injuries or psychological damages, how to honor the New England area soldiers who have died during war conflicts.
Military cemetery rites were performed outside the Memorial Hall following the ceremony. The names of each of the area service members were read out loud. After each name was read Charlotte and Oliver Luzar, grandchildren of Dan and Maureen Gardner of New England, placed a poppy flower in the ground around the Anton Ulijohn Post 66 Memorial to honor each soldier. Area service men honored from World War I: Anton Ulijohn and Harley Gallup.
Anton Ulijohn entered the service in 1916, served in France, was awarded two silver stars and died in September of 1918 from his wounds.
The New England Legion Post 66 is named in Ulijohn’s honor. Soldiers who died in World War II: Adam Boehm, Leander Ege, Ernest Holzemer, Henry Brown, Aubrey Freeman, Russel Howard, Edward Buzalsky, Willie Gentz, Willie Moe, Henry Dorner, Herbert Gentz, Florian Sticka, and Kenneth Howie. Soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War: Thomas Narum, John Brinkmeyer, and Peter Binstock JR.
Also remembered are the members of Post 66 that have passed away since Memorial Day 2014: Roland J. Miller, Anton Dinius, David C. Frank, Dennis P. Lutz, and Barry W. Peterson.
After the ceremonies a pot luck dinner was served for all in attendance.