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Memorial Day activities on tap for Cottonwood area

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Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

COTTONWOOD — Memorial Day services schedule:

Monday, May 25, is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes. The combined American Legion and VFW honor guard will conduct memorial ceremonies at the Greencreek Community Cemetery at 10 a.m.; Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery at 11 a.m.; and the Cottonwood Community Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Following the honor guard ceremonies, at 12:30 p.m., join the Camas Prairie Quilts of Valor ladies, at the Prairie Elementary School (former middle school) gymnasium for presentation of Quilts of Valor to 15 local veterans. Special thanks go to Prairie School District 242 and Rene’ Forsmann for hosting the Quilts of Valor ceremony. Keeping with a biannual rotation, next year the ceremonies will be in Ferdinand and Keuterville cemeteries. All veterans are encouraged to join the honor guard in performing the ceremony. Meet at the American Legion Hall in Cottonwood at 9:30 a.m. Fred Seubert, American Legion Commander, and Joe Riener, VFW Post Commander, invite the public to attend, remembering those who selflessly sacrificed to protect our freedom. The service includes the presentation of the colors, three-volley rifle salute, laying a memorial wreath, reading the names of the deceased veterans, playing TAPS, and a recitation of In Flanders Fields. In Flanders Fields is the now famous poem read every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It was written on the German battlefield in 1915 by a Canadian Army doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

(Submitted by Joe Reiner,

VFW Post Commander)

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

— Lt. Col. John McCrae, MD

Summer Schedule for the Sunday evening Mass at Holy Cross begins on Sunday, May 24, 7 p.m. Remember, no heat in Holy Cross Chapel, if it is cold, wear a coat.

Mark Uhlenkott will be ordained a transitory Deacon, by Bishop Peter Christensen, this Thursday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Church, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and assist Mark with your prayers. Reception will follow at Summit Academy. Congratulations, Mark!

Friday morning, May 22, Bishop Peter Christensen will be celebrating morning Mass with Father Paul Wander, Mass will be at St. Mary’s Church at 8 a.m.; therefore, no Friday morning Mass at Assumption.

Pope Francis has announced that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. YCL began on Nov. 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016. The sisters from the Monastery of St. Gertrude will share about their history of 106 years on the Camas Prairie and their 400-year-old founding community in Sarnen, Switzerland. The evening will feature a social and music from the sisters, the Von Gertrude Ensemble. All are welcome Thursday, May 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 625 Lake St., Grangeville.


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