Scouts place wreaths and flags on the crosses.
Scouts place wreaths and flags on the crosses.

On Memorial Day, May 26, members of Spring Grove American Legion Post 249 led the parade from the schoolhouse to Viking Memorial Park. The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts, and Brownies, and Spring Grove Lions Marching Band followed. Under the leadership of Post Commander Dean Johnson, the program was conducted from the gazebo in the park.

The speaker was Rob Gross of Spring Grove, who served in the Army from 1995 to 1999 with the 1st Cavalry Division, Aviation Brigade and 1/7 Cavalry as a Combat Medic, Flight Medic and Texas paramedic. Since 1999 he has been serving as Director of Veteran Services in Houston County.

"On our military and veteran centered holidays, we can and should talk about heroism and sacrifice," he stated. "We are humbled by the tremendous courage shown by our brave sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen throughout our history. There is no doubt that our veterans have paved the way for our military's reputation as the finest fighting force in the world - both in strength and in character. That's why it's important, in fact imperative, that we remember them always...."

"On this solemn day, we must recommit ourselves to standing up for veterans. We must never stop fighting for veterans. They never stopped fighting for us, sacrificing for us, and so many gave their last dying breath for us. It is up to us now to honor those still with us, and the survivors of those who have passed, by fulfilling the nation's promise to our protectors - our military veterans."

Program continues

The Spring Grove school band led The National Anthem and also performed "God Bless the USA".

As is customary, Christian Myrah, 2nd Vice Commander of the Legion Post, read the roll call of 431 deceased veterans from the Spring Grove area.

Members of the Scouts placed wreaths on the crosses representing World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, all other wars, and the Unknown Soldier, while Boy Scouts placed flags by them.

The honor guard fired a gun salute for the departed and "Taps" was sounded.

Other events

Following the program, the Legion Post met for their monthly meeting and election. Post officers for next year are as follows: Commander Dean Johnson, First Vice Commander Fordyce Brevig, Second Vice Commander Christian Myrah, Adjutant Michael Schnell (appointed by the commander), Finance Officer Todd Bornholdt, Chaplain Ron Dix, Historian Bob Karlsbroten, Service Officer Anne Doering, and Sgt. At Arms Gary Buxengard.

Arlen Doely, Jerome Ellingson, and Glenn Kinneberg were recognized for 60 years of Legion membership.

Following the meeting, those in attendance enjoyed the steak fry and meal accompaniments.