They served. They sacrificed. We salute.

Weekend events and Memorial Day activities highlight the service of those who are “gone but not forgotten.”

Throughout history, those who served and defended, those who have faced the greatest dangers and won the greatest battles and those who died for their country received the highest honors.

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned.

We honor their service, mourn their loss and remember the families they left behind. As we honor our fallen, we also embrace a feeling of honor, patriotism and pride.

Multiple honor and remembrance ceremonies will be offered on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25. The public is invited to all services to participate in honoring those who served and gave all.

Under the COVID-19 guidelines that will still be in effect on that date, wearing of masks is strongly encouraged, and attendees are reminded to practice social distancing. Please avoid handshakes and close contact with others; the public is encouraged to greet post members and our distinguished speaker from an appropriate distance.

This month, we also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World II in the European Theater of Operations, where more than 250,000 American lives were lost.

Sabetha

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Sabetha Cemetery will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. In case of inclement weather, the service will be canceled. Notification of cancellation will be made through KNZA radio and social media.

Please join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

This year’s speaker at Sabetha is Dr. Charles James, DDS, of Falls City, Neb., who is a Vietnam veteran.

Bern

The annual Memorial Day service at Bern will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Bern Cemetery. Flag raising will be held at 8:30 a.m. Flag lowering will be held at 5 p.m.

It is hosted by the Charles Fankhauser American Legion 326.

Fairview

A Memorial Day ceremony at the Memorial Walk at the Fairview Community Center will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Fairview Community Center.

Please join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

Col. James will be the speaker at Fairview as well.

Woodlawn

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25. In case of inclement weather, the service will be canceled. Notification of cancellation will be made through KNZA radio and social media.

Please join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

Col. James will be the speaker at Woodlawn as well.

 

Sabetha, Fairview and Woodlawn Speaker

Colonel Charles James is a Vietnam veteran

Colonel Charles “Chick” James

Retired Army Colonel Charles “Chick” James will be this year’s speaker at the Memorial Day services at Sabetha, Fairview and Woodlawn. He was commissioned in the Field Artillery at the U.S. Military Academy in June 1968, with a degree in Civil Engineering.

He graduated from Ranger and Airborne schools and served in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C., and then from July 1970 to July 1971, he served a tour in the Republic of Vietnam, where he commanded a Field Artillery Battery in the 23rd Artillery Group.

Following his tour in Vietnam, Col. James was a student at Fort Sill, Okla., and then served on active duty in the field artillery at Fort Riley from July 1972 to August 1973.

Col. James served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1973 to 1978, while attending the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated with distinction in 1978 and moved back to Falls City, where he grew up, to begin a private dental practice, which is still operational.

In 1990, he joined the Kansas Army National Guard (ARNG) as a dental officer. He served as the Chief Dental Officer and Assistant to the State Surgeon for the State of Kansas for 15 years, then served as Deputy Commander of the Kansas ARNG Medical Detachment in Lenexa until his retirement as a colonel in 2005.

Among Col. James’ many military decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Order of Military Medical Merit.

He graduated from the College of Dentistry with a Superior Scholarship Certificate and with Distinction, and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society (Alpha Alpha Chapter).

Col. James is a member of five dentistry, orthodontic and odontology professional societies and has held several professional titles, including President of Southeast Nebraska District Dental Society, President of the Midwest Society of Ortho for the General Practitioner, Team Leader of Nebraska Forensic Dental Identification Team and a member of the Medical Staff of Community Medical Center, Falls City, Neb.

He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion, both in Falls City. He is active in his church and in several humanitarian organizations.

He and his wife Carole have a son, Charles R. III, and a daughter, Laura.

Avenue of Flags

Seventy-two flags have been chosen by the Sabetha Girl Scouts to fly at Sabetha and Albany cemeteries. Flags numbered one through 47 will fly at Sabetha, and 48 through 72 will fly at Albany.

1. Marion Marmet

2. John Sharrah

3. Linwood Eichelberger

4. Robert L. Steibler

5. Floyd Moore

6. Leon Frey

7. Otis Scoby

8. Orville S. Lanning Sr.

9. Roy L Mishler Sr.

10. Hook

11. Lyle Kenneth Dodge

12. James Calvin Newlin

13. Thomas L. Oom

14. Darryl A. Emert

15. Gale Gakle

16. Paul A Aberle

17. George Fred Darville Jr.

18. Lewis L. Johnson

19. Daryl G Geer

20. Ernest McNeil

21. Cleve E. Gurney

22. John Faylor

23. Max F Mock

24. Donald Carter

25. Billy Lee Frazier

26. Gerald Baker

27. Ralph Chapin Miner

28. Arthur R Hartter

29. Max C. Leuze

30. Roy Dayton Berggren

31. John E Stone

32. Lewis J. Herring

33. Maurice E Dornes

34. Charles Walker

35. Harold Tomson

36. Clyde Wenger

37. Kenneth Dee Breeden

38. Ray “Pat” Longberg

39. Joseph “Bud” Tappehorn

40. Lonnie Fletchall

41. Melvin L. Breeden

42. Lloyd M. Agee

43. John L Colyn

44. Earl Hartter

45. Larry Mai

46. Dale Keim

47. Lawrene R. Harmon

48. Marvin Aberle

49. Clarence E. Norrie

50. Fred Darville Sr.

51. Glen R. Stoller

52. Raymond B. Petry

53. Stanley Dawson

54. George W. Stoller

55. Irwin “Hug” Huggins

56. Chuck T. Garber

57. Martin Rucker

58. L. A. Hybskmann

59. James B Robinson

60. John R. Moser

61. Loran R. Priest

62. Leila Keim

63. Virgil E. Brown

64. Frank D. Althouse

65. James Jerome Allen

66. Gerald Keim

67. Victor Key

68. Edwin E. Bauman “Junior”

69. John L. Colyn

70. William V. Black

71. LeRoy Ellington Jr.

72. Rollin Wayne Henderson

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