Created: Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:48
Members of Bertrand’s American Legion Carlson-Collister-Gulden Post 67 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Glen-Junkin-Freburg Post #5304 were busy Saturday, Sunday and Monday visiting local cemeteries to honor local deceased veterans for Memorial Day, 2017.
On Saturday, May 27th, members of the veterans’ organizations and volunteers from the Bertrand Lions Club placed markers and flags at the graves of deceased veterans at cemeteries in the area.
Sunday, May 28th, the color guard and firing squad conducted services at the Detenbeck Cemetery and at Union Cemetery.
Also on Sunday, the color guard and firing squad from the Loomis American Legion Post 338 conducted services at Adullam Cemetery.
Monday morning, May 29, offered beautiful weather for the annual community Memorial Day service, which was held at Bertrand High School’s east gymnasium.
Linda Schmidt was on hand to greet guests and was in charge of selling poppies on behalf of the VFW Auxiliary. Over 125 people were in attendance at the service.
There was a good turnout of Legion and VFW members as 15 were on hand. Veterans attending were Stuart Bachmann, Keith Daake, Tim Glendening, Greg Heiden, David High, Alfred Holscher, Paul Huggett, Lynn McPheron, Bryan Meyer, Gary Nuttelman, Allen Samuelson, Farrel Schmidt, Bruce Wallander, Charles Winheim and David Young.
After the color guard advanced the colors, the crowd joined together in singing the National Anthem. Pastor Wes Hafner from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church offered the opening prayer.
Jade Gonzalez, Bertrand’s representative to the Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary’s Cornhusker Girls State, gave a presentation dealing with the history and the wearing of poppies to honor our country’s deceased veterans.
Pastor Hafner brought the message, and then Farrel Schmidt read the names of Phelps County veterans who have passed on during the past year.
Schmidt called attention to the floral arrangement next to the podium, which was dedicated to the memory of Bertrand’s veterans who passed away during the last year. Those honored with the flowers were Dennis Franzen, Robert Hock, Harold Karschner, Omar “Pete” Nutzman Elvin E. Peterson, and Jack Wieland.
American Legion representative David Young then presented an award for 60 years of continuous membership in the Legion to former Bertrand resident David High, who now lives in Kearney.
Pastor Hafner offered the closing prayer before the gathering sang “God Bless America,” after which the colors were retired and the color guard and firing squad made their way to the local cemeteries.
They first visited Highland Cemetery, then went to Hope Cemetery and concluded at Immanuel Cemetery. At each place, Greg Heiden laid a wreath to honor deceased servicemen and women, then raised the flags from half staff. At each place, a 21-gun salute was fired and Taps was played.
Following the services at the cemeteries, about 70 people came to the Young At Heart Senior Center in Bertrand to enjoy a noon lunch sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, whose ladies prepared and served the meal.