Sunday, May 30, 2010

Paying our respects

Most years I'm able to attend at least three ceremonies honoring veterans but have to alternate between the Forest Cemetery ceremony (where my father, Ronald D. Rankin, is buried) and Post Falls where American Legion Post 143 remembers those who served. Hayden's ceremony is also at 11 a.m. so I generally pay my respects later in the afternoon on my way to the Marine Corps League's program at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens. To see the beauty of these public places in a sea of flags, to see the many aging veterans who still serve to ensure their fellow vets are honored is an honor for me. I encourage you to attend one or many of the following in our communities on Memorial Day ... at the 3rd Street docks in Coeur d'Alene, there will be the ringing of the bell at 9 a.m. followed by the laying of a wreath in the water by American Legion Post 14. At 10 a.m. a brief ceremony at St. Thomas Cemetery and at 11 a.m. a ceremony at Forest Cemetery. Also at 11 a.m. Post Falls American Legion Post 143 will hold a service at Evergreen Cemetery and Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hayden City Hall will be the site of a ceremony that includes the Albeni Pipe & Drum Corps. The Post Falls Historical Society will dedicate a new veterans display at the Post Falls Museum at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. the Marine Corps League hosts Memorial Day services at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens on N. Government Way. *pictured is my father's gravesite near the Civil War statue in Forest Cemetery. He was a veteran of WWII and Korea, surviving the Battle of the Chosin Resevoir. After his death in 2004 the veterans memorial at the Kootenai County Courthouse was named in his honor. I have the honor of serving as the curator of the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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