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Memorial Day Program Held

Approximately 175 attended the Memorial Day program held at the Ohiowa Auditorium on May 31. Featured speaker was Retired LTC Carol Erickson from Sutton.

LTC Erickson was in the Army Nurse Corp from 1969-1971. She is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. She served in the Army Reserve from 1982 to 2001. LTC Erickson shared her training and service experiences from a nurse's viewpoint.

The Memorial Day program included Girls' State Citizen Ashley Whitley and Boys' State Citizen Phillip Kamler addressing the audience.

Special music was provided by the quartet of Danny Nun, Larry Nun, Dwayne Kaiser and Del Klover.

Auxiliary President Jan Wolfteich read the meaning of the flag draped coffin while Legion members Don Krupicka and Steve Ozenbaugh folded the American flag. The folded flag was then placed on the memorial table as deceased Auxiliary member, Angeline Nun, was honored.

Commander Tom Ortgies presented 50-year membership plaques to Frank Bulin and Weldon Bornschlegl. Department Education Chairman Vicki Ozenbaugh shared the meaning of the Blue Star Banner and presented one to Paula Thomas and one to Paul Thomas. Their son, LCPL Curtis Thomas, is currently serving in Afghanistan.

The program continued at the Ohiowa Public Cemetery, where two wreaths were placed at the monument with the 21-gun salute and "Taps" concluding the service.