The above picture is a photo of, from left to right, Roger Aske, Keith “Peanuts” Myhre, myself and Barry Wold. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The picture shows the camaraderie that we as veterans and Legionnaires share.
The above picture is a photo of, from left to right, Roger Aske, Keith “Peanuts” Myhre, myself and Barry Wold.

The picture shows the camaraderie that we as veterans and Legionnaires share.
The above picture is a photo of, from left to right, Roger Aske, Keith "Peanuts" Myhre, myself and Barry Wold. It was taken at Mabel Post 299 in Mabel, Minn., at the dedication of Ricky Larson's memorial. Rick's life tragically ended when he was murdered in La Crosse, Wisconsin and remains unsolved to this day.

Ricky served in the United States Navy as a submariner and was well liked by so many people. He had roots in both Spring Grove and Mabel and that is why so many of our Post's members attended.

  The picture shows the camaraderie that we as veterans and Legionnaires share. Roger was a World War II vet and Peanuts, Barry and myself all served during the Vietnam era. I am the only one still surviving from the photo. Cancer ended the lives of my three comrades.

On Memorial Day Barrys name will be read for the first time when the Honor Roll is recited. That will be a hard moment for so many people. The past two years have been a tough time for our Post. We have sadly lost and have been proud to honor so many of our friends.

This year Milford Landsom, Jerry Clauson, Carty Onstad, Douglas Kjome and many others - some from past years whose names have slipped from our attention will be read along with Barry Wolds.

When I was a young Legionnaire, I was proud to attend military funerals and knew the guys we did the honors for, but, for the most part did not know them real well. That has changed. It is a hard thing to say goodbye to people you love.

  Our Memorial Day ceremony will once again be held in Viking Memorial Park in the middle of beautiful Spring Grove, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, the program will be in the Spring Grove School.

The parade will assemble at 9:30 a.m. at the Spring Grove School and step off at 9:45 a.m. and march to the park. The program will start promptly after the bell of Trinity Lutheran Church chimes at 10 a.m.

After the ceremony we will have our May Legion meeting, during which we will honor our veterans who have served 60 years as Legion members. After the meeting adjourns, we will have a steak fry that all veterans and their families are invited to attend.

  Our Post thanks all the veterans that marched in the parade for Syttende Mai and all the volunteers that helped with the Peanut Gallery Brat Stand and especially all the members of the public that stopped in for food, fun and entertainment at our beloved Post 249.

  Have a blessed Memorial Day, Semper Fi and God Bless America.