To the Editor:
On May 29, a crowd gathered at Blackberry Township Cemetery to honor those men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country. Elburn American Legion Post 630 would like to express its thanks to many people who made this ceremony happen through their eager and enthusiastic – yet solemn and duty-bound – support and participation.
We would like to thank Fred Dornbach and Larry Bower for the use and immaculate care of Blackberry Township Cemetery. Post 630 Chaplain Jim Elgar opened and closed the ceremony with prayer, and Village President Jeff Walter led the Pledge of Allegiance. Carolyn Jansons gave the crowd a stirring rendition of the national anthem. CWO4 Ty Simmons gave a spot-on keynote speech, and Tami Osborne and Mary Coffey gave heartfelt readings of “In Flanders Field” and “We Shall Keep the Faith,” respectively. Karen Howard read the names of the veterans who are buried in Elburn from her carefully assembled list.
Sheila Albano and Mary Hanson made the daunting task of placing over 230 flags on the graves of the veterans with the help of Boy Scout Troop 7 look simple. Representatives of Girls Scout Troops 1277 and 1563, Cub Scout Troop 107 and even some Daisies participated. The 10th Mountain Division reenactors provided a World War II jeep and a 21-gun salute, while the Boy Scouts provided a cannon volley. Thanks also to the Elburn Police Department and the Elburn Fire Department for keeping everyone safe.
And we thank the good Lord for providing a delightful day.
Elburn American Legion Post 630