For the third consecutive year in a collaboration with the Dakota Buttes Historical Society /Museum, Hettinger’s Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115, presents its Memorial Day Service Monday, May 29, 2017, at 10:30 am MDT in building two of the museum in southeast Hettinger.
By BONNIE SMITH
For The Record
“Join us,” says Dennis Sayler, “in remembering those who gave all to protect our freedoms.”
The patriotic program begins with a welcome by Mayor Richard Wyman followed by the Honor Guard’s Advance of Colors. The audience will join in the Pledge of Allegiance after which Holly Wyman sings the National Anthem.
All service people will be invited to stand and be recognized as their military branch’s hymn is sung in the “Armed Forces Musical Salute,” by the Borderline Singers – Norm Smith, director; Jill Sailer, accompanist.
After guest speaker, Jason Anderson, shares his Memorial Day tribute, members of the Legion Auxiliary will place the wreath of remembrance.
With additional patriotic music, the honoring of Veterans, the playing of Taps and closing prayer, the colors will be retired.
A complimentary noon lunch with potluck desserts follows the patriotic program, after which the Borderline Singers will ask the audience to join in a World War I Sing-a-Long.
About 12:30, the third patriotic program in commemoration of the World War I Centennial of 2014 begins. This year’s program features World War I Trench and Chemical Warfare with an overview by Darin Seamands, an original video presentation by Hettinger High School history students and personal recollections of area residents who had a loved one in the military during World War I. Discussion and coffee follow.
The day-long set of events and activities takes place to honor the men and women who, in the words of the anonymous poem, “fought for your country and mine. Let’s pay our respects . . . pass this word to others . . . and take home . . . a sense of pride that you were here on Memorial Day, celebrating the way Americans should on this solemn day.”