THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Memorial Day Services at Coleman May 27th
Issue Date: June 6, 2019
Coleman"Young and old alike, the Kalbes-Seewald American Legion Post 280 of Coleman, remembered members of the armed forces, who made the supreme sacrifice on Memorial Day in the Coleman High School Gym. The program was dedicated to John Frievalt and Robert Schroth, former active members of the VFW, who passed away last year. Music was provided by members of the Coleman High School band, under the direction of Robert Doersam and the Coleman High School Choir and the Coleman Elementary Choir, directed by Kathy Bader. Badger Girls Mariah Payette and Hope Patz lead the crowd in reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
A special certificate was presented to Ralph Walters for his 70 years of continuous membership in the post. A loyal member, he is 98 years young and is one of the few remaining WW II veterans.
Guest speaker was Ed Swanson, a veteran who served with the US Marines from 1985-1997, with the 2nd combat of engineers. He spoke briefly of the reason for the holiday and of the importance of honoring and remembering those who didn't return home.
The program included a patriotic video titled MEMORIAL DAY, the Salute to the Armed Forces, with each branch of service being recognized, the traditional Memorial to Veterans Killed in Action, with a salute to the departed comrades by the Legion Firing Squad, which was then followed by Taps by the Legion Bugler.
Special Recognition was given to 2019 Coleman High School graduate Dakota Baars, who recently joined the military. He already completed basic training and is a member of the US Army.
Commander Ken Stodola announced that the current Legion project is the Wall of Honor that will be a part of the new High School renovation. They are working with the school and the community to gather pictures and information regarding Coleman High School alumni currently serving in the military.