Honoring memory of fallen heroes

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


RICH RULAND, Wisconsin American Legion vice commander, was the featured speaker at the Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 Memorial Day Program Monday, May 25, at the Sheboygan Falls YMCA. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson RICH RULAND, Wisconsin American Legion vice commander, was the featured speaker at the Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 Memorial Day Program Monday, May 25, at the Sheboygan Falls YMCA. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson Patriotism, enduring honor and heartfelt emotion took center stage as Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 presented its annual Memorial Day Parade Program Monday, May 25.

After the parade traveled through the streets of downtown Sheboygan Falls to the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building, a large crowd of supporters filled the Sheboygan Falls YMCA gym for the annual Memorial Day program.

Friedrichs-Mueller-Norgard Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 Commander Ron Goelz provided the opening welcome address and St. Paul Lutheran Church Rev. Don Hasse offered the invocation.

American Legion Post Auxiliary President Judy Kinate spoke about the significance of the poppy program in remembering and supporting military veterans.


MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS AMERICAN LEGION POST 149 HONOR GUARD carried the colors in the annual Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 25. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS AMERICAN LEGION POST 149 HONOR GUARD carried the colors in the annual Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 25. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson “The poppy is a nationally know symbol of sacrifice that is worn in memory of those U.S. men and women who died for their country serving in all wars,” Kinate said.

Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer offered his thoughts on the significance of Memorial Day.

“Veterans are a big part of my life,” Meyer said. “My father was a veteran and my wife is a veteran.

“Today, I ask that those of you that are here go and remind those that aren’t here why today is such a special day,” he said. “It is not just a day off from work. It is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives, so we can enjoy a day like this one.”


MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BAND perform during the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 25, in downtown Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BAND perform during the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 25, in downtown Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson Wisconsin American Legion Vice Commander Rich Ruland delivered the featured Memorial Day address.

He spoke about the significance of each veteran that gave all to preserve the freedom we enjoy as citizens of the United States.

“From the first American Revolutionary

War to the War on Terror, one million veterans have sacrificed their lives to their country,” Ruland said. “Each of those veterans has a story to tell. They are all fallen heroes that we will remember as forever young.

“They not just statistics, they are real people with real families and real stories,” he said. “They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives that died way too young. While no one can replace them, we can provide assurance that the sacrifice of those young heroes will not be forgotten.”

The Sheboygan Falls High School Band performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America” and “Taps.”

Hasse delivered the benediction and the Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 Honor Guard presented and retired the colors and carried out the gun salute to close the program.


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