Remembering our heroes
BLACKFOOT – Servicemen and women who have served the country in life and death were honored on Monday at the Memorial Day service at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
"This is a community that serves," said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, "but when you say 'the service,' you are speaking about people who have served in the military and the great service they have accomplished.
"[People serve in the military] because you love your nation," the mayor said.
"There is no litmus test for the service but to be a red-blooded, true-blue American.
"You have heard the quote: 'Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it," said Loomis. "My son said, 'Those who remember and honor their history have a bright future.
"We need to keep this country free," the mayor said. "[Military personnel] need to come home to a country that appreciates and loves them.
Because of the valiant deeds of veterans, our nation lives, said Gene Womack, Commander of American Legion Post #23. "They fought for us; for us they fell. Now with one accord, in deepest reverence, we do them honor."
"It is our duty to transit freedom to our children," said Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring as he presented a floral tribute on behalf of the commissioners.
Twenty-seven floral wreaths and arrangements were presented.
Linda Neff and Kathleen Hall sang the "National Anthem" and "God Bless America."
Clive Randall was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and sailed to China and Japan.
Asked what the ceremony meant to him, he said, "Taps make me cry.
"I'm usually in the rifle line but I had a knee replacement," said Randall. "The ceremony was wonderful."
Bill Von Der Lieth was an electrician on a submarine in the South Pacific during WWII. His achieved the rank of E-8.
"The ceremony is a memory of the shipmates I lost," he said.
"It's freedom," said Debbie Hammett, president of the D.O.E.S.
"I had a brother and uncles in the service," said Florence Grant. "My husband was drafted and we were sent to work in a defense plant, which was the smelter, in Great Falls, Mont."
Kelsey Griffin said, "It is good for everyone to know who died for us."