HALF STAFF — The American flag flies at half staff in the military section of the Hillside Cemetery on Memorial Day commemorating our fallen heroes. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Cities and towns all across America honored their fallen veterans on Monday, rain or shine, and Conrad was no exception.
A steady rain forced the VFW and American Legion to move their annual ceremonies to the VFW Hall.
Post Commander Brad Huffman gave a short welcome in which he said, “This day is sacred.”
The Rev. Kirk Kestler from the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad presented the opening prayer, during which he asked for a minute of silence for those who gave their lives for democracy.
Wilmont Collins, a Naval reservist, from Helena was the featured speaker. He had been in the Army reserves for 14 years, but eight months ago crossed over to the Navy, “to see what another branch of the service was like.”
Originally from Liberia, he and his wife fled the country in a time of revolt. They came to Montana because his wife was a former exchange student and graduate of Helena High School. Her host family sponsored them.
In his talk, Collins noted that veterans entered the military knowing they could die for their beliefs. “We should never take the service for granted,” he said.
He also noted that, “We are not to be sad by our fallen heroes, they believed in what they did, rather, we need to rejoice the day.”
RutheMary Kronebusch and Marilyn Waite from the American Legion and VFW Auxiliary respectively, presented ceremonial wreaths for fallen veterans.
Following a closing prayer from Rev. Kestler, a potluck luncheon was held.