American Legion pays tribute to all soldiers
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[May 29, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

Monday the Lincoln American Legion Post 263 spent much of the day honoring all war veterans, both living and deceased, in a traditional morning service and a very special afternoon event.

In between the two, the Legion served a ham and bean lunch to any who wished to stay.  The lunch was free of charge, but donations were accepted.

C. Wayne Schrader opened the morning as the master of ceremonies, then introduced Pastor Mark Thompson of Zion Lutheran Church, who read a Joyce Kilmer poem, "Memorial Day," and offered the morning invocation. Kilmer was a World War 1 veteran who studied to be a journalist. After enlisting, he was commissioned to write a book about his war experience, but he never got the chance. Kilmer died in action on July 30, 1918.

The guest speaker for the morning was Mike Thornton, commander of the Sons of the American Legion Post 263. Thornton said: "As Americans we realize how precious freedom is and the cost that has been paid throughout our existence."

Schrader introduced several visiting dignitaries: Clyde and Edie Camp, representing AMVETS Post 71, Michelle Ramlow, VFW 1756 commander; Dick Anderson of American Legion Post 263; Suzann Lolling, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 263; Elsie Tibbs, district president of the American Legion Auxiliary; Jack Bishop, Marine Corps League commandant; Roseanne Coers, county president; Wayne Wagner, senior vice commander of the state of Illinois American Legion; Diane Umdenstock, president of the state American Legion; and Ron Umdenstock, Fourth Division commander. Schrader also made mention of Thornton, who had just completed speaking to the crowd.

The service ended with the presentation of the wreath for the fallen soldier, presentation of colors, a three-volley salute and taps.

Pictures by Nila Smith

A crowd gathers for the 10:30 traditional ceremony.

Although it was quite hot, a brisk wind kept everyone relatively comfortable.



Pastor Mark Thompson of Zion Lutheran Church read a poem from Joyce Kilmer, a World War I veteran, then offered up the prayer of invocation.

 Mike Thornton, commander of the Sons of the American Legion Post 263.


Presentation of colors and three-volley salute

Taps by Randy Schrader




American Legion Post 263 Commander Dick Anderson

Members of the Marine Corps League



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