Dakota Buttes Museum to host Memorial Day activities

The Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 and the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum again invite everyone to the museum in southeast Hettinger for a day full of patriotic activities and remembrances on Monday, May 30 in observation of Memorial Day 2016.

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By BONNIE SMITH
Dakota Buttes Museum

The Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 and the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum again invite everyone to the museum in southeast Hettinger for a day full of patriotic activities and remembrances on Monday, May 30 in observation of Memorial Day 2016.

“We thought we’d give it a second try,” says Legion Commander Jay Skaarvold. “It’s a way for both organizations to celebrate our veterans and our pioneers.” Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum board president Ceil Anne Clement agrees: “With a strong sense of community spirit, people came together to remember those who made it possible for us to gather in this way.”

Randy Raasch, former National Guard (NG) Commander of the Hettinger NG Station, will begin the traditional Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m. MDT in building two of the museum with the Advance of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. The service continues with the National Anthem and with prayer led by the Legion Chaplain.

After prayer, the Borderline Singers perform the Armed Forces Medley, during which members from all branches of US service are asked to stand and be recognized.

Speakers and musical selections follow. The Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath of remembrance. The honoring of Veterans and the playing of taps follows. The retirement of the colors closes the traditional Memorial Day service.

“People I have talked to say they really liked Memorial Day at the museum,” Legion Adjutant Dennis Sayler said. “I was sorry I could not make it last year, but look forward to attending this year.”

After a short break, all are invited to a complimentary dinner to be served in building two, with tables inside and outside, weather permitting. Please bring a potluck dessert to share. At noon, the Borderline Singers will share a medley of patriotic songs.

At 1:00 p.m., in recognition of the third year of the museum’s World War I Centennial commemoration, Randy Raasch will share the story of his family’s five generations of military service and sacrifice, telling of his Civil War great-grandfather, his World War I grandfathers, his World War II father and mother, his active duty US Army and National Guard experience, their daughter Jessica’s commitment as a North Dakota Army National Guard journalist, and their son Zak’s upcoming active duty US Army Infantry School, Airborne School, and Rangers Selection (RASP). Discussion and a Q & A session follow.

After the Raasch program and discussion, people are invited to enjoy the museum exhibits and a coffee hour.

The special exhibit, “The Raasch Family Story: Five Generations of Service and Sacrifice,” will be on display in the military booth in building one during regular museum hours through September 14 of this year. It is also the feature of the Dakota Buttes Historical Society’s involvement in the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), celebrated from June 17-19. During those days, the exhibit may be viewed from 1:00 – 4:00 pm MDT.

Memorial Day at the Museum II is free and open to the public.







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