Veteran organizations host joint ceremony
A Veterans Day event, hosted jointly by American Legion Post No. 258 and VFW Post No. 5649, was held Monday, Nov. 12, at the Concordia Community Center. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, bringing an end to World War I. The document was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, or 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918.
The celebration included opening remarks from Bruce Hass, Commander of American Legion Post No. 258, a presentation of colors by the local veterans color guard, and a stirring version of the national anthem, presented by the Saint Paul Lutheran High School vocal ensemble. Following an invocation by Chaplain Richard Strobel, the honor guard presented a flag-folding demonstration followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.
Hass then read the names of fallen soldiers from the local area, accompanied by the tolling of a bell by Tony Howe, Commander of VFW Post No. 258. The names included Pte. Edward Lohman, Pte. John Kronsbein, Pte. Arthur Beerman, Pte. August Riekoff, Pte. Herbert Schreiman, SSgt. Olan Granneman, PFC Victor Wyssman, SSgt. Henry Bargfrede, SSgt. Nobert Meyer, TSgt. George Starkbaum, PFC Ernest Klaustermeyer, PFC Robert Bushman, Sgt. Vernon Henning, Pte. Carl Dotson, SSgt. Arnold Oetting, Pte. Edward Green, TSgt. Edwin Pape, PFC Elmer Lange, PFC Marvin Bredehoeft, Sgt. Edward Bargfrede, PFC Dennis Deke, PFC Donald Pragmann, Sgt. William Kindle, Spec. 4 Stanley Martens, and Spec. 4 Steve Trautman.