AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Memorial Day at the Pringle Cemetery
This past week my husband and I spent a few hours doing some community service at the Pringle Cemetery helping mow, weed eat, and clean up trash around the headstones.
Like a lot of small rural to... Posted on 5/24/12 at 8:00 PM
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Memorial Day is just around the corner. The unofficial kickoff to summer is the day when a lot of people break out their grill for the first time. And you can bet that there will be a lot of burgers o... Posted on 5/18/12 at 2:38 PM
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"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous" - Albert Einstein.
That isone of my all time favorite quotations and something Ithink about today as we approach Memorial Day and I look back on ... Posted on 5/27/11 at 11:29 AM
STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Raise a toast or not?
The Mitchell City Council approved on- and off-sale of hard liquor on Memorial Day starting in 2011 during its Monday night meeting.
The Legislature decided to let cities and towns set their own rules... Posted on 7/19/10 at 9:52 PM
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It is only right that during International Pickle Week we should all eat at least one pickle. You're probably thinking, "National Pickle Week?" Yep. It's true. International Pickle Week was... Posted on 5/16/09 at 7:01 PM
Flags of the United States of America waved in a light breeze from rows of poles that stretched from the Kennebec cemetery entrance down a gentle slope toward a creek bottom.
It was mid-morning on Memorial Day. A color guard marched crisply across the cemetery to halt before a huge wreath. The grass of the cemetery and of the land that reached beyond it toward Interstate 90 was the color of emeralds, so rich under a partly cloudy sky that it hurt the eyes, and I squinted across the prairie. Even in Lyman County, three or four inches of rain in May will keep things green.
As flags representing various branches of the military waved in the morning breeze Monday, former Marine Jack Thurman shared his experiences about serving at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
He recalled seeing red and blue flashes — battle fire — on the horizon just before landing on the coast.
“We could hear the booming of the artillery as they zeroed in on the island of Iwo,” Thurman said. “We thought to ourselves, ‘There’s no way anybody could stay alive on that island.’ The B-29s were bombing and dropping their loads on their way to Japan.”
It seems like forever ago when I stood at the curb on Sioux Avenue in Pierre in a crowd of people who were applauding National Guard men and women riding past on flatbed trailers.
A local unit of Guard members had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and the whole town turned out to welcome them home.
There was never any question among the seven Bridge brothers that they would do their part for America if the opportunity arose.
“All the Bridge boys were very patriotic,” said Clifford Bridge, 79, of Yankton, who served a total of 27 years in two branches of the military during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
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