Service honoring veterans held in Spencer
By Harry Toufar
SPENCER — The Veterans Memorial in Spencer was established to commemorate the lives of all veterans.
Veterans Day was Nov. 11. The following day, the Veterans Memorial drew people from far and wide. A cold, brisk wind did not stop about 50 people from congregating at the corner of Highways 13 and 98. Veterans, veterans’ family members, and community residents came to remember and honor those who served.
Over the last few years, the Veterans Memorial has taken on a special spot in the community. Flags represent each branch of the Armed Forces. Bricks with inscriptions honoring family and friends are set along the path leading to the memorial.
Village President Pauline Frome welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for coming. The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited, followed by the unveiling of the new bricks added to the walkway. Jerry Wienke read the names of veterans inscribed on each brick. The 11 new additions brought the total number of bricks to 174.
After a moment of silence, the Fallen Soldier Statue, the newest monument added to the memorial, was unveiled. Presentation of the colors was then performed by the Loyal American Legion Post 175 Color Guard, followed by a playing of “Taps.” Lastly, visitors were invited to walk through the memorial.