68th Annual
International
Memorial Day Services
Monday, May 30, 2005
Sherwood ND

The American Legion

Bothun-Peterson Post Number 213

Sherwood, North Dakota

The 68 th International Memorial Day service held in Sherwood on Monday May 30, 2005 was a huge success as measured by the folks who were here to pay tribute to their fallen Heros.

Mr John Henderson, President of the Canadian Legion, Saskatchewan Command, was the guest speaker and spoke highly of the Veterans from both Canada and USA who gave their lives that you and I might live in a free land. As we read and hear the news of what’s taking place around the world in other countries we can be thankful we can live side by side in freedom.

The service began with the Canadian and American Legion members meeting at the International Border north of Sherwood. A big crowd was there to witness the famous Handshake and Exchange of colors by the participating Legion Posts on the International Boundary. Then after the National Anthems were played the Troops were led back across the Border by Greg Marsland, Guest Bagpiper from Bismarck, ND.

A program followed in the Sherwood School gym with Mr Henderson giving the main address. Also on the stage taking part in the program was Mr Terry Miller, Post Commander 213, as Master of Ceremonies and Mr Dan D’Autremont, MLA, Alida Sask spoke about our relations between our two countries.

Then Commander Miller presented Membership certificate to 16 Members of the Sherwood Post 213 who have been continuous members for over 50 years some as long as 61 years.

Wayne Artz sang “Danny Boy” before the reading of the Honor Roll by Ronald Heller, the slide show presentation by Greg Miller and Mary Benning sang “Sleep Soldier Boy, Sleep” Then the benediction by Pastor Janet Gwin of Our Saviors Lutheran Church followed retiring the colors by the American & Canadian Legions.

A parade followed down main street and a stop at the Fireman’s Memorial to lay a wreath in memory of Craig Keith & Kevin Johnson who lost their lives in that Oil fire in 1991. Then it was out to the Union Cemetery to lay wreaths on the Tomb of Unkown Soldier and salute the dead by the Sherwood firing squad. A wonderful meal at the Sherwood Memorial Hall followed and lots of visiting. We want to thank the Auxilliary and everyone else for the work they did to make the program such a huge success

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