Morgan’s American Legion Post and Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted five programs on Memorial Day to honor the fallen service members in Morgan County. They started the morning at South Morgan Cemetery with a flag raising, three-volley salute and placement of flowers on a fallen soldier’s grave, followed by similar programs at North Morgan Cemetery and Milton before their main program on the lawn of the Morgan County Court House, next to Morgan’s War Memorials. They concluded their busy day at the Mountain Green Cemetery where Mormon Tabernacle Choir Member, Sandey Johansen, joined them to sing the national anthem.
During the Court House program, Morgan High student, Julie Little, rendered a beautiful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and fellow students, Ben Floyd and Bryant Johnson, played “To the Colors” and “Taps” while the flag was raised and lowered to half-staff.
Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major Pat Shuldberg shared his experiences serving in Iraq. He shared that it takes eight troops in support roles for each infantry member. He serves in the 2nd Battalion 378th Regiment OCT and has been a member of the reserves for 27 years. His son, Jace, who raised the colors for the ceremony, also serves, but in the Utah National Guard in the 1st Battalion 211th Tactical Reconnaissance.
Veteran Van Nelson followed Shuldberg with remarks regard the question “Who is a veteran?” His complete speech can be read in the paper this week.
Fourth and fifth graders from Mountain Green Elementary and Morgan Elementary, under the direction of Hali Fearn and Becky Hadley, closed the performance singing “Hallelujah Soldier,” “The Longest Day,” “Travelin’ Soldier” and “God Bless America”. Veteran Milan Mecham and his guitar were missing from the choir this year as he recovers from a serious, lengthy illness. All in attendance sent him their best wishes for a speedy recovery!