This morning Ericka and I drove to Hettinger, North Dakota, to attend a Memorial Day event held in the museum on the south end of town. We arrived about fifteen minutes early, but the big Quonset was already pretty crowded. We managed to find seats, though, at a table right next to a bright red, fifty-something GMC fire truck. This was really nice except,to see much, we were obliged to peek around a huge picture of Teddy Roosevelt, which was ingeniously fastened to some sort of antique grain mill.
The program started with a very good prayer spoken by a man who had done two tours of duty in Vietnam. The men’s choir group called the Borderline Singers then sang the anthems of all the branches of the military, and those present from the various branches stood and were applauded. After several speeches and the official placing of a wreath, the program ended with a twenty-one gun salute given by the American Legion Color Guard, standing just outside the big open door to the east.