Opinion: Memorial Day program prompts three letters

Elk River Memorial Day crowd appreciated

Thank you to all in attendance at the Memorial Day Program at Elk River Lions Park on May 26, 2014.

The music and songs were inspirational; the scheduled speakers did a great job. The weather was great. The Boy Scouts posted the colors on the stage as well as flags representing all branches of the armed services. The Scouts also led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, they did an excellent job, thank you very much.Mem_Day_5_26_14 059

Curt Swanson of VFW Post 5518 was the master of the ceremony, and Robert Koehler of American Legion Post 112 was the scheduled speaker; both stressed what Memorial Day really means.

The combined Honor Guard of VFW Post 5518 and American Legion Post 112 began their day at 6 a.m. visiting local cemeteries to provide a rifle salute as well as reading the names of all veterans buried in the cemetery.

The Legion provided breakfast at 7 a.m. for the Honor Guard; after breakfast they resumed the cemetery visits prior to arriving at Lions Park at 10 a.m. The Guard provided a rifle salute at the flag pole at Lions Park, closing the program.

The Elk River German Band provided some great music and dancing at the Post after the Memorial Day Program. Thank you to these great musicians. I hope everyone had a great day and time. Thank you to everyone who helped plan, set up and clean up to put on this program. A big thank you to all cooking breakfast and brats and serving refreshments at the Post. Thank you to Gloria Maher for her help and inspiration.—Tom Kulkay, Commander, Elk River Post 112 American Legion


Memorial program, Scout made her day

I wanted to commend the people of Elk River for continuing to keep up the tradition of the Memorial Day Services.

I was fortunate to attend on Monday and witnessed an unsung hero. It was a beautiful, albeit, warm day, full of wonderful sunshine. A young Boy Scout was sitting in attendance up on the stage while the rest of the troop was standing in the shade on the grounds. You could see he was quite warm by the bright redness of his cheeks. Despite this, he was true to his scout training and remained vigilant.

At one point during a speech he jumped up from his chair to catch the American flag that was tipping over from the wind. If he was not vigilant and cat-like with his reflexes, the flag would have touched the ground.

He was the highlight of my day and I thought he deserved some small amount of recognition, although he surely did not seek it. — Lisa (Palmer) Welton, Maple Grove


Newspaper makes a difference

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot tell you how much I truly appreciate your honoring my request to publish the Honor Guards Memorial Day schedule for the cemetery visitations on the front page of the Star News. Wow! That was beautiful! You truly made our citizens aware of the day. Your paper does make a difference. It was very apparent, as there was standing room only, if you did not bring a chair!

I also wish to thank you for publishing the program of the Memorial Day Ceremony.

The front page of the May 24, 2014, edition is a real keeper. In my opinion, the story of Vietnam veteran Ed Specht was very appropriate, especially after reading about the Elk River protestor’s actions earlier this year.

Thank you so much for making this Memorial Day such a special day to honor our fallen heroes. With God’s help, we shall continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. — Lola Driessen, Elk River