Ob­ser­vances in county cel­e­brate Memo­rial Day

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — The lo­cal veter­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion, Post 278, in Stevensville, and the Veter­ans of For­eign Wars, Post 7464, in Gra­sonville, held Memo­rial Day ser­vices, both at 11 a.m. in their re­spec­tive lo­ca­tions. Both cer­e­monies were threat­ened by un­wel­come rain, with the Le­gion mov­ing its event in­doors in­stead of hold­ing it at the Stevensville Ceme­tery, as fol­lows tra­di­tion. Boy Scout Troop 278, spon­sored by the Le­gion, placed small Amer­i­can flags at ev­ery veteran’s grave site in the ceme­tery be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. Memo­rial Day, a ser­vice the troop has per­formed for many years.

At the VFW, about 100 peo­ple gath­ered out­side as the rain held off (it had poured about 30 min­utes be­fore­hand). VFW Post Com­man­der Craig Con­rad be­gan the cer­e­mony, say­ing, “We are as­sem­bled the suf­fer­ing they are still en- Amer­i­can Le­gion and Gra­sonville here to re­mem­ber com­rades dur­ing for us and our way of VFW who died this past who have or are serv­ing their life. year were also re­mem­bered, coun­try. We must not for­get “They must re­main alive each be­ing read. the sac­ri­fices these com­rades in our minds and hearts un­til At the VFW, those mem­bers made and are still mak­ing and we know they have re­turned were: Charles Boone, Her­bert home to their loved ones or Boone, Gene Melvin, Bruce have been called to the bo­som Pul­ley, Ed Smith, Charles of Our Heav­enly Fa­ther. We Wil­son, Bill Kuyk­endall and must con­tinue to give moral Al Nulph. VFW Ladies Aux­il­iary sup­port to their fam­i­lies who mem­bers who died were con­tinue to suf­fer along with in­cluded. They were: Glo­ria them.” Bahr, Mar­garet Baker, Jean

Con­rad shared a statis­tic he Con­rad and Thelma Wil­liams. said he finds alarm­ing. The list of mem­bers who

“Stud­ies show that 9 out of passed at the KI Le­gion in­cluded 10 young peo­ple, ages 25 and mem­bers who died in un­der, don’t know the mean­ing 2015 and 2016: Wil­liam Black, of Memo­rial Day. Memo­rial Jerome Daisey, John Dob­son, Day is to re­mem­ber those David Hart­love III, Wil­liam who have died while fight­ing Humphreys, Oswald Hunt to pro­tect our free­doms. We Jr., Stan­ley Jack­son, Wil­liam honor their great sac­ri­fice,” he Kuyk­endall, Robert Lee, Wil­fred said. Mcleary, Oak­ley Os­born,

Wreathes were placed at Paul Peters Jr., Den­nis Roy Sr., both cer­e­monies, sym­bol­iz­ing Howard Smen­tkowski, James the sac­ri­fices made by those Smith, John Smith, Wil­liam who have died serv­ing the na­tion. Stu­art, Bernard To­mardy, Words and prayers were Gor­don Wheeler, Charles Wil­son of­fered. and John Yeigh.

The names of those long­time Taps was played at the cer­e­monies mem­bers of both the KI with a fi­nal salute.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

VFW Post 7464 Ju­nior Vice Com­man­der Jim Clark places a red wreath sym­bol­iz­ing the blood sac­ri­fice for our na­tion to pro­tect Amer­i­can free­doms dur­ing the Memo­rial Day ser­vices, Mon­day, May 30, in Gra­sonville.

Dur­ing Memo­rial Day ser­vices at VFW Post 7464 in Gra­sonville, Mon­day, May 30, veteran Larry Wilkins rings the bell for each name of those Post mem­bers who died this past year.

VFW Post 7464 Com­man­der Craig Con­rad, left, speaks about the sac­ri­fice of those who died pro­tect­ing the free­doms we all en­joy in the United States.

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