State Rep. Schatz headlined as Memorial Day speaker in New England

New England community members gathered together on a somber Memorial Day to pay their respects and to celebrate the lives of each soldier who unfortunately were unable to return back home.

Anton Ulijohn Memorial with a poppy flower for every name of a soldier who died from the area. Leanord Gartner (LEFT) and John (Popper) Plaggemeyer (RIGHT) holding the flags. (Photos by Rachel Bock/The Herald)
Anton Ulijohn Memorial with a poppy flower for every name of a soldier who died from the area. Leanord Gartner (LEFT) and John (Popper) Plaggemeyer (RIGHT) holding the flags. (Photos by Rachel Bock/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK

Herald Reporter

New England community members gathered together on a somber Memorial Day to pay their respects and to celebrate the lives of each soldier who unfortunately were unable to return back home.

The annual American Legion Post 66 and Auxiliary Memorial Day Service was held at the Memorial Hall on Monday, May 30 with Rep. Mike Schatz, R-ND, as this year’s guest speaker.

Schatz said he has had a few accomplishments in sports, academics, and politics, but the record that he is the proudest of is that he has never missed a Memorial Day Service in all his 64 years of life. He stated how important Memorial Day has been to him and how essential it is to know and understand history, as history teaches us where we have been.

“If we stop studying history we are bound to repeat the mistakes in the past that cost the lives of so many of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen,” Schatz said.

Schatz’s speech focused on war stories, and how every veteran has war stories good and bad to share. He spoke about how important it is that veteran’s war stories are heard because they are a living history of each veteran’s life that needs to be preserved and passed down to each generation.

Schatz shared some stories of his grandfather who served in WWI, WWII, and Korea, his father who served in WWII, his father-in-law who also served in WWII, and his son Joshua who is a captain in the Marine Corps.

“War stories are part of our heritage, these stories should be handed down from generation to generation. It is important for the veterans to tell and the non-veterans to listen. It creates a sense of pride and a sense of duty. It helps us all to communicate and to remember what is really important in life,” Schatz said.

Following the ceremony, Military Cemetery Rites were performed outside the Memorial Hall to honor the New England area soldiers who have died during war conflicts. Schatz read the names of each service member while Rita Lutz, and Kathy Gartner 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 One: Anton Ulijohn and Harley Gallup. Anton Ulijohn whom the New England Legion Post 66 is named after died in September of 1918 from his wounds in World War One.

Soldiers who died in World War Two: 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.

After the ceremonies a pot luck dinner was served for all in attendance.

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