BLACKFOOT â€” A nice crowd gathered at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot to remember veterans who served to our nation at the Memorial Day service Monday morning.
First Sgt. Mike Merlette, retired, was the guest speaker.
Merlette served in active duty and in the reserves for 35 years.
First known as Decoration Day, the tradition of honoring war dead started in May 1868 to honor Civil War veterans, Merlette said. This observance now honors all soldiers and loved ones and is known as Memorial Day.
"A highlight of my career was training and mentoring young soldiers," Merlette said.
Once the weather warms and the roads are clear of snow motorcycles begin to hit the roadways.The temperature changes from the sunshine to the shade, the sweet smell of hay, grass and dirt and the dull roar of gears changing and engine revving all make for part of the experience and what beckons bikers from their winter hibernations. With the close of May, National Motorcycle Awareness month, a plea goes out to motor vehicle drivers to understand the importance of motorcycle awareness.
The 25 students and 12 teachers pictured here have populated the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School since it opened three years ago. Wednesday was the last day of school and these "pioneers" were recognized for "sticking with it" all three years. There are still openings available for the coming school year.