American Legion, VFW, and volunteers come together to present Memorial Day Program
By: Megan Sabin
The Annual Memorial Day Program was held on Monday, May 30, 2022, by the Veterans Memorial in the Remsen Cemeteries. This 10 a.m. program was sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The rain held off for the program to be held outside again this year.
To start the program, the Invocation was presented by Rev. David Doellinger, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Marcus.
A musical selection was then played by the MMCRU Band, under the direction of Miss Emma Davis.
Rev. Doellinger then gave the main address for the program.
Then came the Role Call of the 405 individuals whose flags are on the Avenue of Flags, including Washington St. Boulevard, Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Bavarian Meadows Senior 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 of the deceased veterans whose flags were represented on the Avenue of Flags:
Daniel Ahlers, Herman Ahlers, Lawrence Ahlers, Vince Ahlers, Kenneth G. Alesch, Lorne Alesch, Ronald Amundson, Carlton Anderson, James Roman Arens, Oswald Arens, Raymond Arens, Robert Arens, Gerald Augustine.
D.A. Bacan, Dennis Bachmann, Jack Barthole, Chuck Bass, W.L. Bates, Harry Beck, Herb Beck, Jim Beck, Larry Beckman, Bill Bentz, Gerald J. Bentz, Kenneth Bentz, Lester J. Bentz, Roy Bentz, Tom Bentz, William E. Bentz, Herold Berding, Robert Bergner, Curton Bjelland, Dennis Bjork, Oscar D. Block, Peter Block, Gilbert Blum, Herman Boever, Richard Boever, John Bohlke, Milo Bohlke, Joe Bohnenkamp, Ken Bohnenkamp, Thomas Bohnenkamp, Virgil Bohnenkamp, Roger Bosworth, George Bottjen, Roy Bouma, Henry Brandes, Dennis Britt, Edwin Bruscher, Cletus Bunkers, Daniel Bunkers, Roman Bernard Bunkers.
Leo Cassidy, Bill Christoffel, Carl Colling, Dan Colling, Carel J. Connor, 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, Dwayne Douvia, Donald Dunn, Earl Durband.
Verdine Ehrp, Joseph (Buzz) Elving.
S.M. Fiedler, Ronald Fiedler, David Fisch, John Foxen, Joe Frank, Nick H. Frank, Raymond J. Frank, Tom Frank, Filmore Frasch, George Frederes, Ray Frederick, Dennis Frederick, Albert Fromme.
Dale Joseph Galles, 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 L. Grunden, 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, James Raynmond Harpenau, Lloyd Harpenau, Eugene Harte, Floyd Harvey, Vernon R. Hathaway, Nick Hatz, Paul 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.
Robert LaVerne Jaminet, Willis Jensen, Harry Johnson, Peter Jones, Earl Juhl, Lyle Juhl.
Joseph M. Kass, Bud Kahl, Henry Kahl, Wayne Kappler, Raymond H. Kellen, Robert 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, Leander F. Konz, Fidelis Koob, Roman Kosse, Elmer Kroeger, Joe Krogman, Don Kunkel, Marvin John Kunkel, Richard Kunkel.
Roger Ladenthin, Roger L. Ladenthin, John Lamp, Howard K. Lang, Paul Lang, Wayne Lang, Frank Lanners, Frank Lenertz, Leland P. Letsche, Leroy Letsche, Roland Letsche, Ed Lloyd, Dale A. Loutsch, Elmer Loutsch, Jeffrey Loutsch, Paul Loutsch.
John Maass, Wayne Maass, Marvin Mai, Nick Mai, Carl Marquard, Marcel Matgen, Richard Matgen, Albert Mayer, Lawrence Mayrose, Lt. J.D. McFarland, Walt Melentovich, Toby Meister, Robert Meyer, Milf Milfs, Richard Milfs, William Milfs, Floyd Miller, Jim Miller, Kenny Miller, Vernon E. Miller, Ferdenand Moeller, Fred Moeller, Bill Mohning, Marvin (Monk) Mongold, James Moritz, Harold Mouser, Francis Muller, James Muller, John (Bud) Muller.
Orville Nemmers, Ed Niehus, James Niehus, Ronald Niehus, David Niggeling, Mike Niggeling, Tom Niggeling, Francis A. Nilles, Lorne G. Nilles, 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, Daniel J. Pick, Dr. E.H. Pick, Glen Pick, Jim Pick, Joe Gregor Pick, John Pick, Paul Pick, Joe Plathe, Leroy Plendl, Eugene A. Poeckes, Paul Poeckes, Roger Poeckes, Ron Pottebaum, Charlie Preshuhn.
Dan Raveling, Gordon Dale Riedemann, Albert Reiners, Urbank Ed Reinhart, Don Reistoffer, Ray Reistoffer, Ronald Ruhland, 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 Rolfes, James I. Ruba, Sylvester Ruba Sr.
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, Ronald Schilmoeller, Lyndell Schmid, Richard J. Schmidt, Charles Schnepf, Robert Schnieders, Anselom Scholer, Martin Schreiner, Darrel Schroeder, Gilbert “Gib” Schroeder, Irvin D. Schroeder, Paul Leroy Schroeder, Tom Schumacher, Gerald Shea, Lawrence Shea, Omer Shea, Valva Shea, Walter Shea, Gerald T. Slota, William O. Smith, Leonard Sonnichsen, Hans Sonnichsen, Carl Spiecker, Emory Spiecker, 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, Bernard “Shorty” Thiel, Robert Thiel, Frank Thiel, Fred Thiel, John E. (Buck) Thiel, Marion F. Thiel, Matthias Thiel, Urban Thiel, Vernon Thill, Claude Treinen, Elmer Treinen, Francis Treinen, Henry A. Treinen, Leroy P. Treinen, Louis Treinen, Richard Treinen, Cyril F. Tritz, Doris M. Tritz, Francis Tritz, Franklin Tritz, Joseph Tritz, Don Tutt.
John A. Van Dam, John Vander Molen, 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, Roger Wilson, James L. Wolf, Robert Wurth, Thomas P. Wurth, William J. Wurth.
The 2022 Avenue of Flags Memorial Day program featured the addition of eight flags. Family members and friends carried the flags of deceased veterans as the veteran’s name were called during the program. Flags dedicated this year included the following veterans: Gerald William Barber, Robert Bob Fiedler, Clarence Francis Harpenau, Richard Dominic Harpenau, Richard Dick Ricke, Donald Joseph Treinen, James Jim Wurth, and Gary Norman Diederich.
Next was the wreath presentation, where eight of the VFW and American Legion members 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 by Donald Konz, Civil War by Alan Klein, World War I by Gerald Waldschmitt, World War II by Mike Klein, Korean War by John Cochran, Vietnam War by Steve Matgen, Persian Gulf War by Ryan Arens, and the Middle East Conflict by Donald Keffeler. Tom Augustine then stated, "The flowers may wither and die but the spirit of which they are a symbol will endure forever."
Next, “The Star Spangled Banner” was played by the MMCRU Band.
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, while Mike Ruden raised the flag.
Tom Augustine ended the annual program thanking all the volunteers for helping to decorate the veterans graves in both the City and St. Mary's cemeteries. He stated, “Also thanks to all who volunteered to put up the 405 flags for the Avenue of Flags, thanks to Miss Emma Davis and the MMCRU Band, Mark Juhl for the sound system and Rev. Doellinger. Thank you to the American Legion and VFW Color Guard and to all who helped make this Memorial Day 2022 Program possible, and to Melissa Ruden for getting all the names in order.”