Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served for our freedom in this country something we could never give enough thanks for.
An important lesson to instill in our youth for years and years to come is to respect and honor those vets that served the United States of America.
Monday, May 28, gave many people a day off of work or school, however, it also brought many members of the Blue Earth community to Riverside Cemetery for the Memorial Day program. Including many Blue Earth students who took part in the program.
The BEA high school band played the music for the ceremony. Nick Beattie and Emily Hynes were the students to play taps for the program.
Two BEA?students however, were chosen as speakers in the Memorial Day Ceremony.
Zac Thompson, a scout and an attendee of Boys and Girls State was selected to read the Gettysburg Address.
"Zac has visited Gettysburg before, which makes him an excellent choice,"?Master of Ceremonies and American Legion Commander Gary Agren says.
Courtney Grandgenett, who had also attended Boys and Girls State was selected to give the Memorial Day Address.
Grandgenett demonstrated the reason we should be grateful for those that have risked and given their lives for our freedom.
She told a heartwarming story about a young soldier who had always wanted to serve his country.
Her speech displayed the respect she had for veterans that should be continued on from generation to generation.
Other students in the Blue Earth Area showed their respect for the veterans as well, after winning an essay contest in Winnebago.
The First Financial Bank of Winnebago donated $600 and two businesses a total of $100 to a cause decided by the winners of the essay contest.
Calob Hotovec and Gabby Weerts were the winners, wishing the money be donated toward the Veterans Memorial being built in Winnebago.
Hotovec wrote "I think the bank should donate the money to the monument...to honor the veterans who died during war."
Weerts felt the same way and wrote in her essay, "..it will always be a reminder to future generations; the sacrifice veterans gave to us for our freedom."
These two Winnebago Elementary students display what Grandgenett was talking about in her Memorial Day speech the importance of continuing to remember and show our respect for the veterans in our country.