The Philip community, through the leadership of the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173, observed Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. After graves of military deceased were decorated, community membes gathered for the Roll Call of the Dead. As Post Commander Lester Pearson read off the names of veterans buried at the Philip and at other cemeteries, a poppy was set on the grave of the Unknown Soldier. The wind whipped the flags presented by the local honor guard as Taps was played and a 21-gun salute was pres

Some gave all … veterans honored


Carol Edwards was the main guest speaker at the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173 Memorial Day service program, Monday, May 30.
Edwards held the 2014-15 term as the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary department president. Next year she will hold the office of American Legion Auxiliary national chairman of community service.
“Nothing can fill the hole left behind by a fallen loved one, a fallen soldier,” admitted Edwards. She asked the audience to remember why their loved ones joined the service. They did so, often, for “a cause larger than one’s self. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary times.”
Edwards said that the question, was it worth it, cannot be asked of the surviving loved ones. It is a question that can only be asked of the fallen, to be answered when their surviving loved ones eventually see them again. Until then, we, as those for whom the veterans died, must strive to make it worth it.
Edwards stated that we must live so that memorial can be put back in Memorial Day.

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