Memorial Day: Commemorating the brave

Members of the Seeley-Onstine American Legion Post 458 rode solemnly through the Memorial Day parade in Wauzeka Monday morning in deference to their fallen military comrades. The crowd along the sidelines paid their respects with applause. (Photos by Correne Martin)

In the very seasonal temperatures Monday, there was a good turnout for Wauzeka’s Memorial Day celebration, which included a Sunday night luminary service and then a parade, program and chicken dinner Monday, as well as a ball tournament all weekend. Those pictured on this parade poster, “Remember Not To Forget,” are Jim Atkinson, Dale Harvat, Raymond Young, Maynard Parks, Chris Ward, Stephanie Onstine, Cory Peloch, Fritz Curtis, Carl Harvat and Rick Johnson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Wauzeka-Steuben first and second graders soared while singing “If I Could Be an Eagle” and “My Flag” during Monday’s Memorial Day program dedicated to the honor of all Americans who have paid the ultimate price while in the military. The annual program, in the Wauzeka-Steuben School gymnasium, featured musical selections and spoken essays by a range of the school’s students. The several hundred in attendance left with warmed hearts and fueled souls to go out into their communities and show increased gratefulness to our veterans, American flags, cemeteries, laws, rights (to speech and suffrage) and freedoms. May we all be reminded, as student Megan Walters read in her “How I show my pride being an American” essay: “Freedom is important enough to live for and precious enough to die for.” (Photo by Correne Martin)
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