Kingston Trio "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" 1961
Ray Charles "America the Beautiful" 1972
Johnny Cash "Ragged Old Flag"
"Yellow ribbon" Army chorus
Tony Orlando Dawn "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" 1973

Veterans' Day in Manning, Iowa, 2022

Dwindling members and dwindling crowd.

Veterans' Day should be about remembering and honoring our Veterans. It is also a sad time for many families who have lost Veterans through war or passing away from age.
BUT unfortunately the day is becoming less attended because most of our Veterans are deceased, including their aging families and even worse a public that seems to have forgotten why they have their freedoms.
Here is a look back at 2 other Veterans' Days from our past.
I reflect on the comments made by our Veterans of recent years where they wonder "who is going to bury us?"

November 11, 2003, Veterans' Day program.
Veterans in this picture who have passed: Jim Mork, Russell Mohr, Roy Struve, Orren Ramsey, Ron Colling, Merlyn Zubrod, including many wives of Veterans...

Warren Puck delivered the message...
November 11, 2003

85 years ago, on November 11, 1918, at 11 A.M, World War I ended and Armistice Day, was originated to commemorate that significant event.

Some years later, in 1953, the day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all those who have served their country.

WWI is a distant memory and there are NO local veterans left. World War II has been over for 58 years, Korea 50 years, Vietnam 28 years, the Gulf War 12 years. And now our armed forces are again engaging another enemy in Afghanistan & Iraq. Troops are stationed all over the world to protect our freedom at home.

Millions of Americans were called to serve their country during those wars, and in peace time. That service disrupted their lives, changed their future for better or worse, and many thousand were injured and crippled.

Hundreds of thousands didn't have a future, they never returned. As time goes on and when times are good and peaceful, we sometimes forget why things are as they are.

The service of all veterans, over the years, helped create a better life for the present generation. We can all anticipate a peaceful future that does not include a general call to arms.

No matter where we are, or what we're doing, especially on this day, we should reflect on, and give thanks for the dedication to country by all who honorably served in the Armed Forces.

During this past year hundreds of contributors made possible this memorial. There have been over 1000 names submitted for the wall, and they continue to come in weekly.

This memorial will stand as a constant reminder of how many people served their country in a time of need in order to preserve our way of life.

We veterans appreciate the presence of you who took time this morning to honor those who willfully served their country.

Almighty God, our gratitude for your generosity grows with each passing day. We acknowledge those veterans who now enjoy your eternal embrace.
We are honoring those veterans who now enjoy your eternal embrace.
We pray your continued blessings on veterans and families who are enjoying fruitful lives.
We pray for peace that all men may live in harmony.
May your grace be with everyone on this and every day, and may Your will be done.
In Jesus name we pray.

Veterans who have passed in this picture: Ken Jensen, Ron Schilling, Ed Ohl, Ray Christensen, Ron Vogl, Dan Peters

Don Struve - Vietnam Veteran playing taps

"Yellow Ribbon" is about a soldier coming home from Andersonville Prison in the Civil War and he was going to Pennsylvania.
He told his girl in a letter, "I'll understand if I should stay on the stagecoach. But if I shouldn't, tie a big yellow handkerchief on the big oak tree outside of town. And then I'll know if it's there, I should get off, but I'll understand that you found someone else in the last three years."
He couldn't bear to look at it himself. So he told the other people in the stagecoach and the driver to please look. When they got to the big oak tree, everybody yelled and screamed.
He looked out the window, and it was covered with yellow handkerchiefs.

November 11, 2005, Veterans' Day program

Gary Knueven delivered the message...
Oh how I wished I had my digital audio recorders back then.

I forget who the Pastor is who gave the prayer.
Please e-mail me if you know his name.

Ken Jensen calling the commands

Veterans who are deceased in this picture: Ken Jensen, Dan Peters, Ray Christensen, Ron Vogl, Ron Schilling, Ed Ohl

Scott Stribe played taps

Scott Stribe played echo

Scott was also in the service - not sure if he is still active

Scott Stribe's grandfather, Glen Kusel, served during WWII

Boy Scouts announce patriotic project
Manning News Journal
Pam Kusel
August 3, 2003

Boy Scout Troop No. 99 of Manning and Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla has announced it will take on some big responsibilities in an effort to raise some big dollars and protect lives. The scouts, who want to do more community-based projects, will be working to raise funds to purchase three Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED) to be given to the police departments of Manning and Manilla for the patrol cars. Each of the AED units will cost about $2,500.

The scouts plan to raise the funds through a flag placement program. By partnering with residents, they will post American flags in the front yard of homes in each community six times a year - President's Day (February), Memorial Day Weekend (May), Flag Day (June), July Fourth, Labor Day (September), and Veteran's Day (November). On each of the holidays, a scout and leader will place a flag on the lawn of participants in the early morning and then remove it around dusk. The scouts will be responsible for storage and upkeep of the materials. Cost of the service is $20 per home, per year.

Scout leader, Dr. Doug McLaws remembers involvement with this project when he was a young scout growing up in St. George, Utah.

"We had about 350 flags that we put up each morning and took down each night. Needless to say, it worked well for our troop and the program still continues," said McLaws. "Imagine looking down a street in Manning or Manilla and seeing dozens of posted flags. It's an impressive display of patriotism and shows respect for our flag, our country and the people who serve to protect it."

Persons wanting to join the program now can pay $15 for flag placements Labor Day to Memorial Day 2004. At that time a $20 payment will be due for the next 12 months. When someone signs up to participate, the scouts will come to the home and insert an 18-inch piece of PVC pipe flush with the ground as a pole holder. They will try to place it at the curb, directly out from the front door or as near as possible. The location will be cleared with One Call before the pipe is placed. Permission for the project has been granted by the cities of Manning and Manilla. Area businesses have been generous in support. They have donated cash and materials, such as poles, PVC, nuts nd bolts.

"Our goal is to start with 100 flags. We are hoping to get the program established in Manning and progress to where we can expand it to Manilla and Irwin," said Jerry Croghan, scout master.

All work relating to the project will come from the Boy Scouts themselves with the help of leaders. A door-to-door campaign is scheduled to be held before school resumes. People who wish to sign up for the program may watch for a Boy Scout to come calling, or they can contact McLaws at 655-3977, Croghan at 653-3930, or Todd Singsank at 653-2123. As the program grows, funds generated in the years ahead will be used for community projects, such as park equipment, benches and trash receptacles.

Croghan stated, "This is our idea of giving back to the communities that have been very supportive of the scouting program in our area."