Memorial Day 2006/Veterans gather at Marshall square to remember their comrades in arms

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sharae Kelley raises the colors at the start of the Memorial Day ceremony on the Marshall square Monday, May 29. The event was sponsored by the Composite Squadron of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and included participation by members of American Legion Post 191 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2646. State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) gave the keynote address.

With flags dancing in a warm morning breeze, Marshall veterans and residents gathered on the square Monday, May 29, to honor those who have given their lives in service to the country.

State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton), who delivered the keynote address, took time to acknowledge the service of those who stay behind as well.

"Sometimes the real heroes are the ones who stay at home, doing the work of two," he said.

Civil Air Patrol cadet Sharae Kelley delivers remarks honoring the nation's soldiers, including an original poem, at the Memorial Day ceremony in Marshall Monday, May 29.

Stouffer said the country owes its rights to the soldiers who defend them.

"There's not one minister who guarantees freedom of religion. There's not one reporter who guarantees freedom of the press," he said. "It is the blood and sweat of soldiers who have guaranteed those rights."

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Sharae Kelley also spoke to the gathering.

"To me, soldiers are a select group of individuals who look deep within themselves and find the true meaning of freedom," she said.

Richard Clemens, commander of American Legion Post 191, presented certificates of service to several men who have been members for 60 years, including Harold Arensmeier; Leo Brzuchalski, who passed away last summer; Woodrow "Woody" Odell, who was unable to be present because of illness, and George H. Thomas, who also passed away last year.

Brzuchalski's certificate was accepted by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Rebecca Brzuchalski. Richard Brzuchalski is in the reserves and returned last year from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Dale Turner, representing the VFW, announced a 60-year-service recognition for Robert Hisle.

Capt. Mark Butner, Civil Air Patrol squadron commander, served as master of ceremonies. Squadron chaplain David Van Horn said the prayers and invocations.

The color guard included Dale Turner and Robert Hisle representing the VFW and Ed Miller and Ron Scott representing the American Legion. Dan Vermillion, Carl Collins, Buddy Weber and Harold Arensmeier manned the rifles.

Civil Air Patrol cadets taking part in the ceremony included Jack Adderley, Kit Adderley, Eden Elfrink, Elijah Hillburn and Anthony Ong.

Contact Eric Crump at

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