The Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary presented the
traditional wreath, and the American Legion Color Guard performed
the traditional rifle salute, along with a performance of Taps.
Pastor Brad Curtis of the First United Methodist Church gave both
the beginning invocation and the ending benediction.
Joe Schaler, a veteran of the Vietnam War was the guest speaker of
the day’s ceremony. Schaler is a proponent for veteran’s assistance
in Logan County. Schaler spoke in honor of the many soldiers who
have served in the U.S. military throughout history.
Schaler shared a personal anecdote of how he and his mother would
place flowers on veterans’ graves each year.
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Initially established as Decoration Day for the observation of
placing flowers on the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers,
Congress officially recognized Memorial Day as a day of
remembering all soldiers who have given their lives in service
to our country and declared the date to be as the last Monday in
Schaler said, “Since then, we continue to honor our fallen
troops.” Schaler said that we should not only remember the
troops, but we must remember to respect the families that were
left behind, as well as troops serving now.
Schaler asked for applause in recognition of the several
ceremonies occurring in the county on Monday, as well as the
members of the local Legion office. Following Schaler’s speech,
Wayne Schrader led the crowd in singing “God Bless America.”