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Cottonwood News: Memorial Day services set for Ferdinand, Keuterville


Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

— Save the date: Calling all Catholic Men. The 19th Inland Northwest Catholic Men’s Retreat will be held on the weekend of Oct. 21-23 at Camp n-sid-sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This retreat will feature Dr. Tom Curran as our retreat master.

Mass at Assumption will change to 6 p.m. on Saturday evenings starting May 28. Holy Cross Chapel will have Mass Sunday evenings, 7 p.m., beginning May 29 through Sept. 11. (No Mass at Holy Cross on June 5 and July 10 as Father Paul will be out of town.)

Congratulations to Father Joe Schmidt, a native son of our Tri-Parishes, who celebrated 50 years of being a priest.

Greg Wherry reported on Facebook that every Prairie sports team this year made it to state! That is quite a feat! Congratulations to all the teams from Prairie.

Congratulations to all graduates. May all your dreams come true.

May 25 is the date for the end-of-school bash at St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. for parents and youth of the Tri-parish. There will be a fire pit, fun and food!

Monday, May 30, is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes. VFW is dedicating the U.S., Idaho State, and POW/MIA flags at the Cottonwood city center pole on Memorial Day, at 9 a.m. The flags were donated by the family of Vince Poxleitner. He was a VFW Post 4902 Lifetime Achievement award winner, who passed away last year.

The combined American Legion and VFW honor guard will conduct memorial ceremonies at the Ferdinand Community Cemetery at 10 a.m., and the Keuterville Community Cemetery at 11 a.m. Following the honor guard ceremonies, at noon, join the Camas Prairie Quilters, and the honor guard members at the Keuterville Pub and Grub for special presentations. Special thanks go to Linda and Dewey Elliot for hosting this event. Keeping with a biannual rotation, next year the ceremonies will be at the Greencreek and Cottonwood cemeteries. All veterans are encouraged to join the honor guard in performing the ceremony. Meet at the American Legion Hall in Cottonwood at 9:15 a.m. Bob Ross, Combined Honor Guard Commander, 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.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Between the crosses row on row,

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.

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

If ye break faith with us who die

In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)


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