Memorial Day: Dedication of twelve new flags this year

Thursday, June 7, 2018
363 flags decorated the Washington St. Boulevard (shown above), Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living, Remsen Cemeteries, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church, and MMCRU School. Each flag symbolizes an individual who is no longer here to commemorate this Memorial Day.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

It was a hot ninety-degree day on Monday, May 28, 2018, but that did not stop people from attending the Annual Memorial Day Program, which was held by the Veterans Memorial in the Remsen cemeteries. This 10 a.m. program was sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

To start the program, Bob Gengler read “Soldier”, a poem by George L. Skypeck, which is as follows: “I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness ... should I fail. I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment’s love. I have cried, pained, and hoped ... but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was ... a soldier.”

The Invocation was then presented by Father Bill McCarthy, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen.

A musical selection, “America the Beautiful”, was played by the St. Mary’s Band, under the direction of Miss Steph Niewohner.

Then the main address was given by Father Bill McCarthy.

Then came The Role Call of the 363 individuals whose flags are on the avenue of flags, including Washington St. Boulevard, Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living, Remsen Cemeteries, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Christ Lutheran Church, and MMCRU School. Each flag symbolizes an individual who is no longer here to commemorate this day.

The following are the names whose flags are on the avenue of flags:


Daniel Ahlers, Herman Ahlers, Lawrence Ahlers, Vince Ahlers, Lorne Alesch, Ronald Amundson, Carlton Anderson, James Roman Arens, Oswald Arens, Raymond Arens, Robert Arens, Gerald Augustine.


D.A. Bacan, Jack Barthole, Chuck Bass, W.L. Bates, Harry Beck, Larry Beckman, Bill Bentz, Kenneth Bentz, Lester J. Bentz, Roy Bentz, Tom Bentz, William E. Bentz, Herold Berding, Robert Bergner, Curton Bjelland, Dennis Bjork, Peter Block, Gilbert Blum, Herman Boever, Richard Boever, John Bohlke, Millo Bohlke, Joe Bohnenkamp, Ken Bohnenkamp, Thomas Bohnenkamp, Virgil Bohnenkamp, Roger Bosworth, George Bottgen, Roy Bouma, Henry Brandes, Edwin Bruscher, Cletus Bunkers, Daniel Bunkers, Roman Bernard Bunkers.


Leo Cassidy, Bill Christoffel, Carl Colling, Jim Cook.


Allen Delperdang, Alphonse Delperdang, David Delperdang, Vince Delperdang, Frances Diedrich, Matt Diedrich, Norma Diedrich, Norman Diedrich, Joseph Diekman, Harm Dirks, Walter Dixon, Martin Dorr, Donald Dunn, Earl Durband.


Verdine Ehrp, Joseph (Buzz) Elving.


S.M. Fielder, David Fisch, John Foxen, Joe Frank, Nick H. Frank, Raymond J. Frank, Tom Frank, Filmore Frasch, George Frederes, Ray Frederick, Albert Fromme.


Donald Galles, Fred Galles, Joe Galles, Louis Galles, Al. F. (Sonny) Gengler, Al. M. Gengler, Joe Gengler, Dr. L.A. George, Mike Goetzinger, Joe Gossling, Dale Grage, Ray Grage, Orville Gramlow, Duane Grant, Frank Greten, Henry Groepper, Kenneth Groepper, James Gunningham, Ray Guttner.


George Hagart, Harold Hagart, Steven R. Hagey, Luverne Hames, Charles Hansen, Henry Hansen, Leonard Hansen, Murl Hansen, Jim Harmin, Clayton Harnack, Donald Harnack, John Harnack, Robert Elmer Harnack, Ross Harnack, Lloyd Harpenau, Eugene Harte, Floyd Harvey, Vernon R. Hathaway, Nick Hatz, Vernon Hatz, Claire (Bud) Haye, W.M. Heidesch, Nicholas Heyman, Robert Hodgen, Benny Holtgrewe, Dale L. Homan, Elaine Homan, Gorden Homan, Loyal Homan, Milo Homan, Paul Homan, Pete Homan, Robert Homan, Fred Horkey, Otmar Huewe, Micheal Patrick Hughes, Richard Hughes, Tom Hughes, Donald John Hunter, Russell Hunter, William Woodrow Hunter.


Willis Jensen, Harry Johnson, Peter Jones, Earl Juhl, Lyle Juhl.


Bud Kahl, Henry Kahl, Wayne Kappler, Raymond H. Kellen, Robert Kellen, Stan Kellen, Stanley Kellen, Pat Kelly, Edgar E. Kendall, Dennis Klein, Malcolm Klein, Thomas Klein, Melvin (Jim) Sr. Klein, Fred Jr. Klingbeil, Jack Kloster, Lavern Kloster, Herman Kluver, Marvin Kluver, Theo Kobbermann, Raymond H. Kohnke, Donald J. Kolker, Jerome Konz, Kenneth Konz, Fidelis Koob, Roman Kosse, Elmer Kroeger, Joe Krogman, Don Kunkel, Marvin John Kunkel, Richard Kunkel.


Roger Ladenthin, Roger L. Ladenthin, John Lamp, Paul Lang, Wayne Lang, Frank Lanners, Frank Lenertz, Leland P. Letsche, Leroy Letsche, Roland Letsche, Ed Lloyd, Elmer Loutsch, Jeffrey Loutsch, Paul Loutsch.


John Maass, Marvin Mai, Nick Mai, Carl Marquard, Marcel Matgen, Richard Matgen, Albert Mayer, Lawrence Mayrose, Lt. J.D. McFarland, Walt Melentovich, Toby Miester, Milf Milfs, Richard Milfs, William Milfs, Floyd Miller, Jim Miller, Kenny Miller, Vernon E. Miller, Ferdenand Moeller, Fred Moeller, Bill Mohning, Marvin (Monk) Mongold, Harold Mouser, Francis Muller, James Muller, John (Bud) Muller.


Orville Nemmers, Ed Niehus, James Niehus, Ronald Niehus, Mike Niggeling, Tom Niggeling, Donald Nitzschke, Lester Nitzschke, Lyle Nitzschke, Marvin Nitzschke, Otto Nitzschke, Richard Nitzschke, Aloysius (Al) Nothem, Hubert Nothem Sr., Tony Nothem, Milton Nussbaum Sr.


Donald Ortmann, Joe Ortmann, Robert J. Ortmann, Roman Ortmann, Walter Ortmann, Donald Ott.


Oliver Peiffer, Wm. Peiper, Paul C. Petersen, John C. Peterson, Fred Phillips, Wendell Phillips, Aloysius Pick, Cliff Pick, Dr. E.H. Pick, Glen Pick, Jim Pick, Joe Gregor Pick, John Pick, Joe Plathe, Leroy Plendl, Eugene A. Poeckes Jr., Paul Poeckes, Roger Poeckes, Charlie Preshuhn.


Dan Raveling, Gordon Dale Reidemann, Albert Reiners, Urbank Ed Reinhart, Don Reistoffer, Ray Reistoffer, Ronald Rhuland, Clarence Ricke, Roger Riste, Silas D. Ritz, Glenn Robinson, Raymond Robinson, John Rodenbour, Albert Roder, Jerome M. Roder, John Rodesch, Cordell Rogers, Henry Rolfes, Lester Rollins, James I. Ruba Sr., Sylvester Ruden.


John Sanny, Donald Sanow, Harlan Sanow, James A. Sanow, Larry Sanow, Wayne Sanow, John Scharf, Larry Sheehan, Emil Schermer, Ben Schierholt, Cletus Schiltz, Elmer Schiltz, Richard Schiltz, Leo Schleis, Lyndell Schmid, Richard J. Schmidt, Charles Schnepf, Robert Schnieders, Anselom Scholer, Darrel Schroeder, Paul Leroy Schroeder, Tom Schumacher, Gerald Shea, Lawrence Shea, Omer Shea, Valva Shea, Walter Shea, William O. Smith, Leonard Sonnichsen, Hans Sonnichsen, Carl Speicker, Emory Speicker, Ervin Staab, Ralph Staab, Richard Staab, Wendell K. Staab, Jack Stoffel, Nick Stoffel, Jack Stoos, Jerome Stoos, Richard Stoos, Anthony Strehl, Francis Strehl, Dennis Sudtelgte, Earl Sudtelgte, Jim Sudtelgte, Daniel Sullivan.


Cyril Theisen, Robert Thiel, Frank Thiel, Fred Thiel, Marion F. Thiel, Matthias Thiel, Urban Thiel, Vernon Thill, Claude Treinen, Elmar Treinen, Francis Treinen, Henry A. Treinen, Leroy P. Treinen, Louis Treinen, Richard Treinen, Francis Tritz, Franklin Tritz, Joseph Tritz, Don Tutt.


John A. Van Dam, Aloysuis John Vaske Jr.


Joseph A. Wagner, Leo Wagner, David Waldschmitt, Ray Waldschmitt, Evelyn Walker, Russel Walker, Russill Walker, Wm. Waugh, Dick Weber, Luvern Weiderhold, Duane Weiler, Gilbert Weiler, Arthur Wersinger, Vernon Wess, Gilbert Wictor, Charles Wilberding, James L. Wolf, Robert Wurth, Thomas P. Wurth.


James Young.


Cloyd Zeig.

The dedication of twelve new flags took place next with family members and friends presenting the flags. Mike Ruden posted the flags. The twelve new inductees were: Kenneth G. Alesch presented by Marietta Alesch and Family, Gerald J. Bentz presented by the Gerald Bentz Family, Oscar D. Block presented by the Dan Block and family, Paul Hatz presented by the Paul Hatz Family, Francis A. Nilles presented by the Francis Nilles Family, Lorne G. Nilles presented by Florence Nilles and family, Daniel J. Pick presented by the Daniel Pick Family, Irvin D. Schroeder presented by the Irvin Schroeder Family, Gerald T. Slota presented by Shirley Slota and family, Doris M. Tritz presented by Mike Tritz, John Vander Molen presented by the Vander Molen Family, and William J. Wurth presented by Martha Wurth and family.

Eight of the VFW and American Legion members then placed a wreath around a cross to honor the fallen veterans of the seven wars and the Middle East conflict. Wars represented were Spanish American War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the Middle East Conflict. Bob Gengler then stated, “The flowers may wither and die but the spirit of which they are a symbol will endure forever.”

The Remsen VFW and American Legion Color Guards then presented and saluted the colors while other members took part in the 21 Gun Salute.

“Taps” was then played by Miss Steph Niewohner and a final musical selection, “The National Anthem” was played by St. Mary’s Band while Mike Ruden raised the flag.

The Closing Prayer, by Father Bill McCarthy, ended the annual program for this year.