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Finland News: May 30

Verna Sinderman for the Lake County News-Chronicle

Happy 80th birthday wishes go out to Dale Nikula. Dale celebrated the BIG 80 with a family gathering at Stafford Park in Cloquet over the Memorial Day weekend. Don Runnberg, Jean Wagner and Ginger and Paul Tolzmann also attended. Happy birthday, Dale!

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Zion Lutheran Church held a memorial service at the Crystal Bay Cemetery on Sunday morning. There was a very nice turnout and several veterans from the Silver Bay Veterans’ Home also were in attendance. Coffee ad treats were served by the veterans’ home.

Larry Schanno spoke at the service and shared his thoughts:

What does it mean to you?

To me it is a day to remember all who have gone before us. It is a day that we remember all our family members

who were so influenced in what and who we are and have

become. I also take the time to remember and memorialize all of those who have paid so much the freedom that we

all have, to be all that we are or want to be.

Winston Churchill was once quoted to have said: “Never have so many owed so much to so few.” Let us take time

to remember and honor all the warriors that died to protect and ensure that freedom. Today is also a day to honor all those served and still serve to protect that freedom that we have and have come to see as our right. Freedom is not a right, it is a reward paid for by all the brave warriors who have fought for it. We as citizens should strive to do good things for those that have done great things. Never once

have I laid my life on the line for them; they have for me. The only way that we can honor those who gave it all is by honoring the ones that didn’t have to. The ones that gave

all are gone. God bless America, God bless the veterans,

God bless you all.

Larry also read a poem.

The Veteran

It is the Veteran not the preacher who has given us

the freedom of religion.

It is the Veteran not the reporter who has given us

the freedom of the press.

It is the Veteran not the poet who has given us the

freedom of speech.

It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer who had

given us the freedom to assemble.

It is the Veteran not the lawyer who had given us the

right to a fair trial.

It is the Veteran not the politician who had given

us the right to vote.

It is the Veteran who salutes the flag.

It is the Veteran who serves under the flag.

Bob Nikolai read a letter from Ruth Himes son, Eugene, a retired veteran. Bob also read the names of veterans buried in the Crystal Bay Cemetery and those veterans from Crystal Bay buried elsewhere.