Memorial Day offers a time to remember

Weekend events and Memorial Day activities highlight the service of those who are “Gone but not forgotten.”

Throughout history, those who serve and defend, those who have faced the greatest dangers and won the greatest battles, and those who die for their country receive the highest honors.

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned.

We honor their service, mourn their loss, and remember the families they left behind. As we honor our fallen, we also embrace a feeling of honor, patriotism and pride.

Numerous honor and remembrance ceremonies will be offered on Memorial Day — Monday, May 28. The public is invited to all services to participate in honoring those who served and gave all.

Sabetha

The annual Memorial Day service at Sabetha Cemetery will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at The Main Event.

Please join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

This year’s speaker at Sabetha is former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michelle Kilgo, who served as an Air Force medic for six years.

Woodlawn

The annual Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday, May 28. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Woodlawn Community Building.

Please join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

This year’s speaker at Woodlawn is Kilgo, as well.

Bern

The annual Memorial Day service at Bern will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Bern Cemetery. It is hosted by the Bern American Legion Post 326.

Hiawatha

A Service of Remembrance to honor Brown County deceased veterans will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 6112 Utah Street in Hiawatha.

This annual service is planned and presented by the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard. The 2018 emcee will be Retired Colonel William W. Vonderschmidt, a Vietnam combat veteran.

Sabetha and Woodlawn Speaker

Former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michelle Kilgo

Former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michelle Kilgo, who is this year’s speaker for the Sabetha and Woodlawn Memorial Day Services, served in the United States Air Force for six years as a medic.

Born in Hurst, Texas, as an “Air Force brat,” she swore that she would never follow in her father’s footsteps in the Air Force. No, she wanted to serve her country in the U.S. Marine Corps, but her protective brother — a former Marine — strongly discouraged her from joining the Marines.

So in November of 1997, at the age of 20, Kilgo enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a medic. Over her six years of service, she was stationed in Omaha, Neb.; Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Albuquerque, N.M.

In Germany, she had the honor of serving comrades injured in the U.S.S. Cole bombing, as well as those injured during Operation Enduring Freedom.

While in Germany, she also was a member of the base Honor Guard, in which she assisted in ceremonies for our fallen soldiers from the war in Afghanistan.

Her military awards and decorations include Air Force Unit Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Outstanding Unit Award (with one oak leaf cluster), Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Long Tour, Air Force Longevity Award Ribbon, Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

In August of 2003, Kilgo separated from the Air Force to pursue her desire to be a physical therapist. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2008. While in college, she met her husband, now Pastor, Sean Kilgo, who currently serves with the NEK Lutheran Partnership.

The couple has two children, Isaiah and Phoebe, whom she home-schools. She also is a tutor for their homeschooling group, as well as the Vice Coordinator for the American Heritage Girls Troop KS2315 in Hiawatha.

Avenue of Flags

Seventy-two flags have been chosen by the Sabetha Girl Scouts to fly at Sabetha and Albany cemeteries. Flags numbered one through 48 will fly at Sabetha, and 49 through 72 will fly at Albany.

1. Marvin P. Aberle

2. Marvin Aberle

3. Lloyd M. Agee

4. Frank D. Althouse

5. Victor C. Arick

6. Kenneth Dee Breeden

7. Melvin L. Breeden

8. Virgil E. Brown

9. John L. Colyn

10. Fred Darvilie Sr

11. Darryl A. Emert

12. Norman H. Fike

13. Lonnie Fletchall

14. Billy Lee Frazier

15. Joe M. Gakle

16. Wilbur J. Grimm

17. Lawrence R. Harmon

18. Earl Hartter

19. Irwin “Hug” Huggins

20. L. A. Hybskmann

21. Dale R. Keim

22. Gerald Keim

23. Stanley Kent

24. William F. Kent

25. Harold R. Kessler

26. Charles Kidwell

27. Leroy E. Leuze

28. Ray “Pat” Longberg

29. John Harland Lucas

30. Harvey Lukert

31. Larry Mai

32. Leonard Matthes

33. John R Moser

34. Clarence E. Norrie

35. Raymond B. Petry

36. Frederick Phillips

37. Henry A Plattner

38. Loran R. Priest

39. Patrick C. Reid

40. James B. Robinson

41. Martin Rucker

42. George W. Stoller

43. Glen R. Stoller

44. Jim Strahm

45. Joseph “Bud” Tappehorn

46. Harold Tomson

47. Charles Walker

48. Guy P. Wikle

49. Gerald Baker

50. Edwin E. Bauman Jr.

51. Roy Dayton Berggren

52. William V. Black

53. Ralph I. Cole

54. John L. Colyn

55. Wells Eugene Combs

56. Stanley Dawson

57. Maurice E. Dornes

58. Leroy Ellington

59. Chuck T. Garber

60. Arther R. Hartter

61. Rollin Wayne Henderson

62. Lewis J. Herring

63. Leila Keim

64. Victor Key

65. Marvin E. Lamparter

66. Max C. Leuze

67. Earl James Meyer

68. Ralph Chapin Miner

69. Walter Painter

70. Kenneth G. Ralston

71. John F. Stone

72. Clyde Wenger

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