To honor our fallen veterans, the Dakota Buttes Museum hosted a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27th. Local military veterans helped facilitate the event to remember those who also served their country.
Vietnam Veteran Richard Wyman said that the event was very well attended.
The event started with the firing of rifles from the honor guard.
After the honor guard, Wyman led the opening prayer, and Master of Ceremonies Jay Skarvold provided the welcome with a moving tribute for remembering, “Memorial Day is not about barbeques, it is about respect.”
Holly Wyman and the Borderline Singers, directed by Wade Howard, provided the musical selections for the event.
“The Borderline Singers really know how to win over a crowd,” said Wyman.
Pastor Allen Wickstrom attended the event as a guest speaker. According to Wyman, Wickstrom was able to provide an inspiring speech of remembrance as guest speaker.
In his speech, Pastor Wickstrom stated, “Sacrifice comes from the core beliefs at the beginning of our country. I think it is in our DNA to sacrifice and serve.”
To conclude the event, serviceman Kenny Doerr was presented with a Quilt of Valor made by Holly Wyman. Kenny was the recipient of the drawing for the quilt.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Kenny,” said Wyman.
Overall, Wyman said that the Memorial Day service is a way to make those who risked everything feel valued.
“People in this area knew we answered the call in Vietnam,” said Wyman. “It makes you feel appreciated.”