ST. ANSGAR | Veteran’s Day is a day for honoring those who have served in our nation’s military branches.
At St. Ansgar Community Schools, the community and students came together to remember.
Chris Krahenbuhl, Commander of Post 358 in St. Ansgar, opened the program with a few remarks whicih were followed by an invocation from Pastor Christopher Staley. He offered prayers for those who have served, for those who were lost, and for those families who had lost time with their loved ones. He urged those in attendance to remember those who have sacrificed and those who bear the scars of the things they have seen and experienced in their time of military service.
The somber notes of "Taps," played by buglers Bryan Schmidt and Tanyon Schutjer were followed by the singing of "Taps" by Theo Baldus and Aaron Powers, which ushered a flag presentation by members of Stacyville’s American Legion Post 569.
A folded flag was brought forth, unfolded and displayed, before being folded once again and carried away. Behind it stood the POW/MIA table, a reminder of those who still remain missing or in captivity, and the hope that someday they will be returned home. Narrated by Glenn Cimmiyotti, the tribute was conducted by Korean War Veteran Willie Blake, of the United States Air Force, Vietnam War Veteran Tony King, of the United States Army, Navy Veteran, Mason Brown, and Gulf War Veteran Adrian Adams, of the United States Marine Corps.
“Everything is symbolic,” Cimmiyotti said. “When we conclude today, I’d like to ask people to walk past, look at the table and remember those who are still missing in action from all wars. The empty chairs allow us to remember the missing and hope for their safe return.”
The POW/MIA table, also known as the missing man table, has been featured in ceremonies across the nation, a reminder to never forget those who have not yet returned home.
Following the ceremony, the candle flame was extinguished, with a reminder to never forget.
The ceremony was concluded with the singing of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the St. Ansgar High School choir, followed by the singing of "Thank You Soldiers," by the fourth and fifth grade St. Ansgar Elementary school choir.