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Memorial Day Ceremony honors the fallen



Above left: Members of the Honor Guard (rifle) of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 perform a twenty-one gun salute for the fallen veterans on Memorial.

Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery was conducted by Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post #60 Commander John Wise. Vietnam Veteran and American Legion Chaplain Marine Louie Laboray placed the ceremonial wreath after the benediction led by Pastor Leslie Matschke. Melinda Gibson sang "America The Beautiful" and the "Star Spangled Banner" while flag bearers stood in the background. Bearers included: Penny Merryfield holding the American Flag, Julie Butler caring for the Navy colors, Christine Lindsey with the Army colors, and Edna Hickman holding the POW/MIA flag. A twenty-one gun salute was given by seven members of the firing squad including: Jim Merryfield, Diane Wise, Paul Gibson, Billy Lindsey, Jo Radcliffe, Nola Cary, and Chuck Chairs led by Honor Guard Commander Charles "Chuck" Radcliffe. Closing out the ceremony a soulful rendition of TAPS was played by trumpeter Rhonda Rasgorshek.

While the weather may have kept some members of our community away, the small somber crowd showed deep emotion and pride in the ceremony.


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