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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.


Kathleen Labuda




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