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Wreaths pay tribute to area veterans

December 11, 2011

Photo by Victoria Stanish - Peg Gabler, left, and her sister Barb Little place a wreath on the grave of their father, recently deceased U.S. Army veteran James O. Auman, following a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Area residents purchase place wreaths on veterans’ graves each year at the Catholic and Protestant cemeteries.

In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Mary’s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.
“We are gathered here today at this memorial site and memorial sites all across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag,” Vogt said. “The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying here before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear.
“We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you. We shall remember. Today we show a united front of national unity all across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.”

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