Last week the Fort Howard Odd Fellows Lodge sponsored its traditional Memorial Day Ceremony for the 69th consecutive time since the monument was erected commemorating Veterans of World War II and all who have sacrificed for our nation first held at the Fort Howard Elementary School and now at the Fort Howard Veterans Park.
All our legislators of the 6th district and councilman of our 7th district bowed their heads with the other 150 who attended as the Penwood Christian Church Pastor solemnized with the invocation.
With flags half mast at the Memorial Park, Wells-McComas V. F. W. Color Guard presented national and state emblems.
Wells-McComas V.F. W. Honor Guard Rifle Detail fired a 3-Volley salute, a tradition originating from the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield that is common at military funerals.
Thanks to Pam Jarrell for beautification of the park grounds with new mulch and a fresh manicuring just prior to Memorial Day weekend and Dale Grime for usage of his American flags.
As every year, a wonderful and complimentary lunch followed immediately afterwards opened to all Memorial Day Ceremony participants and witnesses at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall two blocks from the park grounds.
Lastly, we were honored with an all night vigil by a veteran of the Korean conflict this year. Thank you, sir.