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Cars, planes, breakfast, and an air show? Buffalo Fly-In will soar June 10

Yes, it's all happening at Buffalo Airport!

West Metro Aviation and members of Chapter 878 of the Experimental Aircraft Association invite the public to the annual Buffalo Pancake Breakfast Fly-In and Air Show on Sunday, June 10. This is a "kickoff"event for this year's Buffalo Days city summer celebration. Pilots from all over Minnesota will be flying their aircraft to Buffalo. Parking is free for visitors arriving by car.

A hearty breakfast with pancakes, sausage and eggs will be served from 7:30 am to noon in the hangar of West Metro Aviation on the Buffalo Airport. Proceeds from the breakfast help to support the aviation programs and activities of EAA Chapter 878. Breakfast pricing includes adults  at $7; ages six through twelve at $5; and ages five and under are free; Pilots-in-Command are also free.

A free air show at noon (weather permitting), is by internationally known aerobatic pilot Mike Wiskus of West Metro Aviation and Lucas Oil Air Shows. This is the same performance Mike will fly in over twenty major air shows across the United States this summer. It's a high-energy, high-performance demonstration of aerial maneuvers, smothered in smoke and noise!

The 36th annual Wright County Car Club car show is open to visitors from 9 am to 2 pm. All cars are displayed on the airport property.

Youth ages eight to seventeen may register for a free "Young Eagles" introduction to flying and aircraft ride event, to be held on another date. Persons 18 and older are invited to inquire about "Eagle Flights," an EAA program for adults who are interested in learning to fly.

For more information, contact Wayne at 763-670-6021.

 


Buffalo Days is right around the corner; this is what you should know

By Miriam Orr

Buffalo days is right around the corner, and the countdown has already started!

This year's celebration is slated for June 10-17, a bit different than last year, though it promises the same great fun as before.

Like always, you can go online to check out events on Buffalo Chamber of Commerce's website and Facebook, listen to KRWC and BOB106 for radio updates, scout for flyers around town, watch for billboards, and stay up-to-date with coverage from the Wright County Journal-Press and The Drummer.

This year's "Buffalo Days" will run from June 10 to June 17, starting on Sunday, and ending the following Sunday, which is different from last year's June 11-16. What else is new is that carnival tickets can be purchased at Cub Foods. Tickets are good for 10 rides for $20 any day, for any age ride, and to top it off, there is the opportunity for a buy-one-get-one food deal as well.

A breakdown of events includes:

On Monday, the Buffalo Public Library will have its Used Book Sale during open hours, as well as the kickoff of its summer reading program, featuring Magician Bob Halbrook at 1:00 p.m. Royalty will arrive at the Buffalo Library, and free ice cream treats will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hop on over to Sturges Park on Tuesday, where the Community Center Toy Workshop will be meeting in the upper shelter from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The KRWC Medallion Hunt will also be hosted on Tuesday, as well as the Buffalo Royalty Car Wash, and other events. The ECFE Teddy Bear Band will perform from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Sturges Park Bandshell.

On Wednesday, the carnival begins, where wristbands are available for purchase for $20.00 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ralph Covert of Ralph's World will be with his Time Machine Guitar from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and you can enjoy a free DQ treat at the Buffalo Dairy Queen with Buffalo Royalty from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you bring a food shelf donation.

Again the carnival will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, as well as Buffalo Days Bingo at the Community Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. and running until 1:30 p.m. Caricatures will be available at the library, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for a price. The Kiddie Parade begins at 6:30 p.m., at the library, and ends at Sturges Park. A movie in the park, "Sing," will begin at 8:45 p.m., after the Buffalo Sings amateur vocal contest, running from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., at the Sturges Park Bandshell.

The KRWC Roads Show will go from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sturges Park, and fireworks will end the night on Friday, starting at 10:00 p.m. Other events include the Beer Garden and music, and the carnival.

Saturday will host the carnival, from noon to 10:00 p.m., with armbands for purchase from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Fishing Klinic for Kids will be Sturges Park, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Other activities include a Dojo Karate demonstration, an open house at the Masonic Lodge, and more. Finally, the Grande Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m., in Downtown Buffalo, on First Avenue.

To conclude events on Sunday, the carnival will run from noon to 4:00 p.m., armbands available for purchase from noon to 4:00 p.m. A continental breakfast will be seved at the Sturges Park Bandshell, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., courtesy of the Buffalo Covenant Church. A community worship service is planned for 10:30 a.m. after breakfast. Pigs and Rigs will be hosted at the American Family/Smokin' Monkey lot from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To end events on Sunday, royalty coronation will take place at BHS Performing Arts Center at 6:00 p.m. Admission to coronation is $5.00, and with a button, $2.00.

Make sure to "keep your eyes peeled" around town for flyers and updates regarding this year's "Buffalo Days" schedule.

 


District 877 sixth and ninth graders get their own first day to ease adjustment

By Doug Voerding

This fall, new sixth graders at Buffalo Community Middle School (BCMS) and new ninth graders at Buffalo High School (BHS) will have their own first day of school, September 4, the day after Labor Day.

The District 877 School Board on Tuesday, May 29, approved the plan that will ease the transition, lowering the fears and anxieties students face when moving to a new grade in a new school.

BCMS Principal Matt Lubben said that the middle school has established several programs to help new sixth graders, "but we want to take these ideas to the next level."

Said Lubben, "We want to combine the Middle School 101 summer class offered by Community Education, the Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) event days, and the Bonus Night for students and parents offered in August all into one day with a common message." This would ensure that all students, not just the ones who attend our events, are ready for the start of middle school.

Detailed plans will be completed this summer, but "In the Middle Day" would function as a full-day orientation for the sixth graders. The day would include an opening session greeting the students, followed by a modified schedule where students would learn about lockers, computer passwords, and room locations. During a longer lunch period, students would learn how to go through the lunch lines and cafeteria protocols. A dismissal of a few minutes early at the end of the day would give students extra time to find their buses.

Lubben did say that the middle school would now only have half-day WEB days in the summer.

BHS Assistant Principal Nick Guida told the school board that the first day for ninth graders will include new students as well.

"We are going to focus on the details," said Guida, "the school layout, school safety, lunch procedures."

Guida said, "We are emphasizing the connectivity piece. We want the ninth graders to see BHS as home for the next four years. We want them to feel successful, and we want 100 percent of the students to feel that they are a part of the school community."

Plans for day at the high school are also not yet complete. A group of staff members will be working on that this summer.

With the change, seventh and eighth graders and tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders will start school on Wednesday, September 5.

 

Other Action

In other action, the school board:

• approved a five-year plan, as required by state law, to test for lead in drinking water in schools throughout the district.

• approved the purchase of materials and technology for the new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum at an estimated cost of $843,085.

• agreed to become a member of a joint purchasing group with Princeton Public Schools for food service food and equipment. The district already is part of several joint purchasing groups.

•reauthorized for another five years, the district's ability to levy up to $300 per pupil unit for operating expenses as allowed by state law. Currently, the district is levying $180 per pupil unit.

•approved seasonal lay-offs for all employees who work only during the school year.

•discontinued the long-term substitute contract of Judith Emerick.

•did not renew the teaching contracts or probationary teachers Hope Bauer, Kate Edson, Grant Renner, and Jacob York.

•presented Jack Oistad with a certificate thanking him for serving as the student representative.

•learned that Jack Leipholts will be the student representative next school year.

•noted the graduations of PRIDE on June 6, Phoenix Learning Center on June 7, and BHS on June 8.

 

Proud Of:

The school board is proud of

•Abby Bertsch, BCMS 8th Grader, who was the BHM Spelling Bee winner.† The runner-up was Adam Blevens, BCMS 7th Grader.

•BHS FFA members who received awards at the FFA State Conference. They were Jocelyn Kurth, Hannah Green and Emily Hanson, 1st Place in Marketing Plan and advancing to the national competition; Emma DeGroat, Bridget Weese, Greta Goede, Bryce Thompson, Rena Johnson, Zara Wirkus, and Audrey Helppi, 3rd place in Ag Issues; Danika Tweten, Aydin Scherber, Carter Friendshuh and Kenzie Pawlek, 4th place in Ag Sales; and Zara Wirkus and Danika Tweten for earning a Minnesota FFA Degree, the highest award offered to its members.

•Mark Mischke, BHS Principal, who was selected to represent Minnesota at the national level for the National Secondary Principal of the Year Award.

•John Hayden, BCMS Assistant Principal, who was selected as the Central Minnesota Association of Secondary Principals' Assistant Principal of the Year.

•James Oistad, for serving as the BHS Student Representative to the Board of Education for 2017-18.

Donations:

The school board accepted several donations. Those were $16 from Follett School Solutions Buy Back Program for Discovery Elementary (DES), $60 from Anonymous for BHS Night Out for Music, $1,586 from  Box Tops for Education for Hanover Elementary (HES), $593.00 from HES PTO for the HES Bus Patrol Twins tickets, $517 from HES PTO for the HES DARE program, $354 from Wells Fargo for BHS,  $84 from Box Tops for Education for DES, $1,068 from Box Tops for Education for Northwinds Elementary (NES), $360 from Wells Fargo for NES, $114 from Donors Choose - Balance Ball Seating for HES, $50 from Citizens State Bank for the Montrose Elementary (MES) Carnival, $750 from Montrose Lions for the MES Carnival, $100.00 from Randy's Sanitation for the MES Carnival, $100 from Milhausen Auto and Truck Repair for the MES Carnival, and $250 from Buffalo Lions and Lioness for Tatanka Elementary.

 


Wright County cities remember

What we did for Memorial Day, and where we did it

 

 

The American Legion Memorial Day ceremony in Waverly included a special tribute to World War I veterans. During the reading of the names, Anna Smith, above left, and Luke Tuchtenhagen, right, placed poppies at the base of the cross marked for the World War I veterans. World War I ended a hundred years ago this November, and the ceremony honored 149 Waverly area residents who served in that war. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Legion Post 270 hosted a Memorial Day service at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Citizens gathered with Legion members to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in wartime for the United States. First Sergeant Ole Olson was the guest speaker, and spoke on how we as a community can remember the service of fallen heroes. During the reading of names, Girl, Boy, and Cub Scouts placed flags on commemorative crosses, followed by a 21-gun salute. The Buffalo High School Band was also present to provide music, and a moving performance of "The National Anthem." (Photo by Miriam Orr)

 

 

 

Ellen and Marvin Scheuble, above, are Gold Star parents. Their son, Melvin, was killed in the Vietnam War. Said keynote speaker Wade Gurneau, "I honor a local hero lost too soon - Melvin Scheuble, beloved son of our Gold Star family. Melvin, a graduate of Buffalo High School, made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. We honor his service to a grateful nation and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family." (Photo by Doug Voerding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


'Classics on the Crow' car and motorcyle show, coming June 2

Get ready to rev up and roll out to Delano's first annual classic car and motorcycle show, "Classics on the Crow," slated for Saturday, June 2.

Running from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the event includes a classic car show, a BBQ rib contest, classic motorcycle show, a craft beer garden, and more! Performing live music will be Little Chicago Band."

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., and going until 1:00 a.m., is the River Street Jam, where live music performances from "West Highway," "The Shaw Brothers," and "Butch Automatic and the Four Speeds" will be featured for your listening pleasure. This event is promoted and sponsored by local industry and organizations.

For more information, please contact info@classicsonthecrow.com.

 


Medical Examiner gives 2017 report for Wright County

By Miriam Orr

On Tuesday, May 29, Dr. Quinn Strobl, Medical Examiner, presented the 2017 Medical Examiner's Report before Wright County Commissioners.

In 2017, there were a total of 571 cases received by the M.E.'s office, of which 48 autopsies were performed. Strobl stated in the area of natural death causes, 17 autopsies were performed, ages ranging from 22 to 67 years old. A majority of these deaths were related to cardiovascular disease.

Injuries related to motor vehicle accidents resulted in five fatalities, ranging from 31 years old to 67 years; four of which were male deaths. Of these incidents methamphetamines were identified in two of the related deaths, and alcohol and alprazolam substances were found in one such instance.

For  non-MVA related accidents, there were 19 reported deaths, 10 of which received autopsies. Eight of these were due to substance abuse, ages ranging from 17 to 51. Of the total, six of these deaths were reported as male victims. Substances detected range from carfentanil to alcohol, along with others. Seven of these 19 deaths were due to complications of falls, ages ranging from 66 years to 90 years. Two of these reported deaths were due to choking, one was due to drowning, and another was caused by environmental exposure.

In the area of homicides, there were no reported deaths for 2017. "That is the one good and positive thing about this report," Strobl commented.

Deaths related to suicide numbered 17 total, Strobl reported. Ages ranged from 16 years to 95 years, with an average of 44.7 years old in victims. Four teenagers were identified as having committed suicide. Fourteen of these seventeen deaths were male, and alcohol was present in four cases. Cocaine was identified in one instance. Eight of these deaths were gunshot-wound related, six of them were hanging, substance abuse deaths numbered two, and chemical asphyxiation was one.

To conclude, Strobl commented that of the 571 cases, 450 cremations were approved by the M.E.'s office. Each year the M.E.'s office is required to approve whatever cases are routed through the office, as it must be determined beforehand if the bodies are not involved with cases requiring more research and investigation. "Bodies are considered evidence until they are ruled out," Strobl stated, "so that's why we have to give consent before we release bodies for burial or cremation. This number steadily increases in counties each year."

On the report, Commissioner Mike Potter thanked Strobl for her and her office's diligent, hard work, while also commenting that numbers are "Steady, but these suicide numbers are far too high. It is a testament to the state's number one issue, mental health – something has to be done about this."

Commissioner Darek Vetsch confirmed that the numbers in the report are deaths that occurred in Wright County, and that the numbers are not resident-based. Stroble confirmed this thought, "Yes, these are deaths that occur in the county, whether they are residents or not."

Commissioner Christine Husom, after examining the statistics, stated that she was relieved and grateful that this year, there were no unidentified bodies on record. Strobl shared her relief, commenting that in recent years, one unidentified body has been reported, back in 2015.

 

Other items:

Trust for Public Land: Bob McGillivray, representative from the Trust for Public Land, along with Fred Bengston of the DNR, requested a motion to adopt a resolution regarding the acceptance of land near Stockholm Township, which is to be added to the Grass Lake Wildlife Management area. "We are attempting to acquire land from willing, private landowners, and our hope is to obtain the land and donate it to the DNR, for the Grass Lake project," McGillivray stated.  Funds from the Outdoor Heritage Fund will purchase the land, and the family has asked that the Trust and the DNR work together to preserve the land, for public recreation and wildlife preservation. McGillivray stated that during public forum, there were no comments or objections to the purchase, and that according to state law, County Board approval really is not necessary, though they would like the support of the Commissioners and the County in the area.

Commissioner Charlie Borrell questioned whether the DNR will use the land to assist the County in the Grass Lake/ Ann Lake restoration project that is currently underway, and has been for awhile. He commented that by giving the land to the DNR and the Trust, he was worried that their project would become more difficult, having to work around two entities while trying to get results. Bengston of the DNR stated that the Department shared the same goal as the County in the Grass Lake/Ann Lake restoration, and that they were looking forward to working collaboratively in the endeavor.

Auditor/Treasurer's Office: A temporary liquor license was granted to the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa, in Franklin Township, for an event slated for July 15.

Matt Detjen, a wastewater specialist for Wright County, stated findings regarding County Ditchces 33 and 36, and asked the Board to adopt a resolution. He stated that immediate repairs were necessary to the two ditches – Ditch 33 would require approximately $20,600 worth of repairs, while Ditch 36 would require $8,722. Detjen stated that the totals averaged around $5.50 per acre.

"If this route of repairs work," Bob Hiivala stated, "this pilot project will systematically redetermine our efforts for the rest of the ditches within the County."

Jail Admin: Captain Pat O'Malley, Jail Administrator, asked for the authorization of a renewed food service contract through Aramark, which he stated has been a "fair, competitive, and easy" company to conduct business with. The renewal contract will run for three years, and the company offers "The best rates to be had, with great competitiveness."

Also requested were signatures for an addendum which would call for an additional Registered Nurse and medical hours at the jail itself. O'Malley relayed statistics to the Board, stating that currently, medical visits are around three times a week, though the jail really could use full-time nurse staff, since more and more injuries are being logged due to the increase in mental-health issues. "We are basically running a clinic environment in the jail," O'Malley stated, "And we've determined, through almost four months of research, that employing another RN is, in the long run, more cost effective then utilizing the ER or hospitals around the area in off-hour cases."

Commissioner Potter questioned whether the one additional nurse would suffice the jail's needs right out of the gate, or if at a later time, administration would find another gap in staffed hours. O'Malley stated that he was more than confident, given the months of study and research, that one additional nurse on staff would solve the issue. Potter thanked him for his dedicated time, and  the research of his staff, which was "impressive and appreciated."

Highway Department: Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins requested the adoption of a resolution regarding an agreement with Hennepin County for collaborative projects on County Roads and bridges throughout the area. The maintenance agreement will stand until Dec. 31, of 2023, as it has in recent years.

Hawkins also asked for the approval of a resolution which would accept the 2017 pavement preservation project regarding Contract #1702, with the Knife River Corporation – North Central, of Sauk Rapids. The resolution would greenlight payment to the corporation in the amount of $29,998.01 for services completed.

Attorney's Office: Chief Deputy Attorney Brian Asleson requested the approval of a resolution regarding the adoption of a land donation, which was accepted in October of 2017, though the resolution itself was not drafted and missed by staff. The Board voted to accept the resolution.

 


Buffalo Triathlon cancelled

The 2018 Buffalo Triathlon, scheduled for Sunday, June 3, has been cancelled due to lack of registration numbers. This event has featured some of the best triathletes throughout the nation for the past 14 years.

For more information on this, see the sports section.

 


BHS grads to walk, June 6, 7, and 8

Buffalo High School graduation ceremonies next week include PRIDE on Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.; Phoenix Learning Center ceremonies on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.; and BHS will conduct graduation festivities on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym.

 


ABE/GED graduation, June 5

The public is invited to attend the 2018 ABE/GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Discovery Center (301 NE Second Ave.) in Buffalo.

ABE is Adult Basic Education, which is available for any adult whose basic skills

(math, reading, writing ) are below a twelfth grade level according to a Minnesota Department of Education approved pretest. GED (General Educational Development) is a diploma equivalent to earning a high school diploma.

Please come and help these recipients, who have successfully completed their GED exam or have been nominated for an Achievement Award, celebrate their accomplishments.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. For more information, call Cheryl at (763) 745-6034.

 


Farm safety training on June 26

Thousands of farmers and family members are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents every year in the United States. Agriculture is considered one of the most hazardous industries.

University of Minnesota Extension –Wright County and Wright County 4H are hosting a Farm Safety course on Tuesday, June 26th from 1-4:30pm at the Public Works Building at 3500 Braddock Avenue in Buffalo.

In addition to tractor rollovers, there are many other health and safety hazards on the farm including grain bins and silos, manure pits, toxic gases, chemicals and pesticides, livestock handling, and others. Many of these hazards can be prevented or minimized with training or by installing and using safety equipment.

An estimated 33,000 children have farm-related injuries each year in the U.S. More than 100 children die as a result of their injuries. Of the leading causes of fatal injuries to youth on U.S. farms, 23% percent involved machinery (including tractors) and 19% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs).

We will have hands-on learning about tractor and ATV operation, animal handling, shop hazards, toxic plants and much more.

The event is FREE. Space is limited. More information is available at UM Extension and Wright County 4H FB pages. Please register by June 15th at https://z.umn.edu/farmsafetyday. The first twenty-five families to register will get a free first aid kit. Contact sand0671@umn.edu or 763-682-7394 with questions.

 


Buffalo clean-up days, June 8 and 9

You may remember that in April, there was a snowstorm that urged Buffalo to reschedule its annual clean-up days, followed by another influx of snow in the early days of May.

However, with sunny skies and high temperatures well upon the area, Buffalo would like to announce its reschuled clean-up days. Clean up is scheduled for June 8 and 9, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and going until 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 


Wright Commemorations

Wright County Memorial Day services remember the memory of fallen heroes

 

 

Monday, May 28 was the day. All across the country, men and women gathered to remember the memory of fallen loved ones who gave their lives in service to the United States of America, in hope of a better future for us all.

On this day, reporters from the Wright County Journal-Press and The Drummer attended memorial services in Montrose, Waverly, and Buffalo to gather with citizens in remembrance and commemoration of sacrifice. What follows is a brief recap of events, summarized by word, and picture.

 

Montrose and Waverly Memorials

By Doug Voerding

In Montrose, the annual Wright County VFW Post 1901 and Auxiliary Memorial Day ceremony was moved to the Montrose Community Center due to the heat. About 150 people attended the program.

Wade Gurneau, an Iraq veteran and Montrose resident, was the keynote speaker.

"I would like to take a moment," said Gurneau, "and acknowledge any who have lost a loved one in the line of duty to this country. It doesn't matter how much time has passed, no words of condolence can even begin to adequately console a survivor's grief. And while grief from loss may change throughout the years it never leaves us."

Said Gurneau, "We remember those who left the comforts of home to fight for us and our freedom, but never returned to one day trade the title of soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, or Marine for veteran."

After an American flag-folding ritual, the Montrose Boy Scouts presented the flag to Bernard "Bernie" Dyreson, Master Chief, United States Navy, Retired.

The "Star Spangled Banner" and another patriotic selection were played by the Buffalo High School Band.

After the ceremony, the crosses representing the 340 deceased veterans and auxiliary placed at the VFW Post home on Highway 12 were each decorated with a wreath.

In Waverly, under the shade of the trees in Railroad Park, more than 400 people participated in the Memorial Day ceremony of the Charles Claussen American Legion Post 305 and Auxiliary. As always, the ceremony honored all deceased veterans from the area, but this year included a special tribute to the 149 World War I veterans from the Waverly area. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.

In his keynote address, retired Army Sergeant Rick Lammers said, "Of the two million United States soldiers in World War I, 149 from Waverly heard the country's call. Their descendants, friends, and relatives are here today. God bless all veterans and continue to bless the United States of America."

A roll call of deceased veterans and decoration of the crosses followed the address. When the roll was called for the World War I veterans, poppies for each were placed at the foot of a cross.

Early in the ceremony, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School Band played the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Salute to America."

After the ceremony, the commemoration of the end of World War I continued with a special exhibit at city hall. The exhibit included World War I items from the Camp Ripley Minnesota Military Museum, as well as items and photos from local families.

 

Buffalo Commemorations

By Miriam Orr

Buffalo American Legion Post 270 hosted a Memorial Day service outside of the Legion building on 10th Avenue, at 8:45 a.m., Monday May 28th.

After a brief parade and presentation of the Legion's Colorguard, Commander Scott Edwards thanked the community for their participation in the service with opening remarks. He stated that on average, men and women serve a term of four years in the armed forces. The Buffalo Legion currently has 264 members on roster, out of a staggering total of 8,000 Wright County veterans and active servicemembers.

Addressing the assembly was First Sergeant Ole Olson, of Albert Lea, Minn. Olson was first active in 1973, serving in many different branches of the armed forces. Olson also served in Afganistan and Iraq.

"The idea of commemorating veterans came in the Civil War," Olson stated, "it was an idea to pay homeage to fellow comrades. In December of 2000, at 3:00 p.m., it became a law. So my question is - how will you remember? I challenge you, at 3:00 p.m., just to take one quiet minute and think on the sacrifice of our servicemen. All gave some, and some gave all for this country. How are you going to remember that?"

After Olson's address, Legion members went on to read a roll call of fallen soldiers, and as they did, members from the Boy and Girl Scouts marked commemorative crosses with American Flags, to recognize the service of those in the armed forces.

 


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