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Somerset American Legion prepares for Memorial Day

Honor those who served, and those who do, and will.

Those who are still with us, and those who are now still.

Some were lost in battle, some came home dismayed.

Some went on to greatness, some got old and grayed.

Some are still defending, ideals lofty so they say.

Some may not be with us the next Memorial Day.

Honor these the most, so that they may know.

They will still be honored, whenever they may go.

-Robert Neuenfeldt, 2008

The Somerset American Legion Post 111 invites the community to attend their Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28.

American Legion Post 111 Auxiliary will host the annual Memorial Day breakfast for Legion and Auxiliary members and their spouses at 8 a.m. Following the 9 a.m. Memorial Day service at St. Anne's, at approximately 10 a.m., there will be a ceremony and 21-gun salute at the St. Anne Cemetery. A parade with the Somerset High School band will then move to the bridge where a wreath will be dropped into the Apple River. The parade continues to Veterans Park for a brief ceremony around 11 a.m. The village celebration will end at Hillside Cemetery at about 11:30 a.m. After the parade the Legion will host a snack for the band before the color guard goes on to do small ceremonies at the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery and the Pioneer Cemetery on County Road V at about noon and 12:15 p.m. The last ceremony for the day is at the Boardman Cemetery around 12:30 p.m. The group will then return to the Legion for lunch and the proper disposition of worn and damaged flags.

If you have flags that need to be properly destroyed, drop them off at Post 111 anytime.

"We hope you and your family can attend one of these and join in honoring our fallen servicemen and women," said Robert Neuenfeldt, commander of Phaneuff-Vanasse Post 111 of the American Legion. "By doing so, you will also honor all the past and present men and women who have and are giving of themselves in service to our country."

Neuenfeldt said he still remembers attending Memorial Day ceremonies as a young boy and he hopes families in the community will bring their children to this year's event.

"As a youth, a long time ago, I remember the large crowds that gathered at the cemetery on Memorial Days. I thought that all these people had lost someone in that cemetery to war but came to realize that they may not even know a person who was lost to war or even served but they came to pay respect to those that were buried there and to all who had given something for them by serving their country," he said.

Post 111 donates

To honor fellow heroes, the American Legion Post 111 has raised money to donate to causes around the community and nation.

Post 111 hosted various events (like the popular Bar Stool Races) to raise funds to donate to local causes. Some of those causes include $1,000 to the local food shelf; $1,000 to the Wounded Warriors Project whose mission it is "to honor and empower wounded warriors"; $1,000 to Fischer House, providing homes for wounded and rehabilitating veterans at Veterans Administration Hospitals; $500 to the local VA hospital; and $500 to the Salvation Army for support of the Grace Place Shelter.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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