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Our VVA Color Guard for the Veterans Day ceremony in Watertown consisted of Darwin Clyde, Don Pasch, Jerry Denman and Clayton Ellingson. Al Janzen was the Master of Ceremonies. (click on numbers below)

Gary Lindren passed away on May 20th. Gary was a very active member of our chapter and a Charter member. He will be missed by us all. Military Honors were performed by Chapter 1054 and the Memorial Service was officiated by our chapter Chaplain Don Zafft. (click on the numbers below)

Chapter 1054 member Ron Van Hoorn Sr. passed away on May 6th. Ron was a Charter member, helped start the Honor Guard and was a squad leader. He was very active with veteran organizations in Milbank and also drove the DAV van. Ron will be greatly missed by many. (click on numbers below)

Veterans Day Color Guard

GOOD-BYE TO A BROTHER ROLAND “ROLLIE” LAMBERT. Rollie was the past Chapter 1054 President and was currently serving as the VVA State President. He also was the Commander of Frank H. Adams Post 750 of Veterans of Foreign Wars. But most of all Rollie was a loving father and husband and a very good friend to all the veterans the he knew. Rollie was a great motivator, but always knew when a listening ear was needed. After graduating from high school in 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his first tour in Vietnam in the fall of 1968. After three tours, he was honorably discharged in 1970.

Front Row: Paul Spolar, Jack Kempter, Dennis Anderson, Darwin Clyde, Duane Jurgens, Steve Strege, Don Zafft, Jim Hanson, Allen Reil, Henry Schultz Middle Row: Floyd Hermans, Greg Dubois, Rodney Stormo, Clayton Ellingson, Don Pasch, Darrell Berning, Paul Hermans, Ray Feist, Faye Annett, Stephen Annett, Tim Jurgens, Glenn Folk, Ron Hay Back Row: Bob Syring, Ed Timm, Rich Olson, Don Reconnu, Jim Strom, Jerry Denman, Norman Engebreson, Bob Frink, Gary Kuecker, Gordy West, Larry Rudebusch, Gene Schmieg

Letter to the editor, that was published in the Madison newspaper, pertaining to the VVA Honor Guard’s participation along with the Marietta Legion’s Honor Guard in 2 funerals for 2 Vietnam veterans.

On Oct 3rd, a Military Honor Guard Practice was sponsored by the Marietta American Legion Post 156 for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1054, Watertown, SD. Also represented were the American Legion Post 441 of Bellingham, the American Legion Post 158 of Madison and the Disabled American Veterans Milbank-Sisseton Chapter 19. The practice centered around the rendering of Honors and Ceremonies at a veterans funeral including the three rifle volley salute and the proper display of the Color Guard flags. An excellent dinner was provided by the Marietta American Legion Auxiliary. The practice provided an opportunity for comradeship and cooperation between various Veterans Service Organizations in the area. These practices are held in Apr and Oct. — submitted by Stephen Annett, Marietta American Legion Post 156 Honor Guard Coordinator (click on numbers to see different photos)

Oct 3 rehearsal

The honor guard will practice at Marietta on Saturday, Oct 3 @ 10 AM. Please confirm your practice attendance at the September VVA meeting for food plans.

2015 Memorial Day ceremonies were held in the Watertown auditorium. VVA Chapter 1054 participants were Clayton Ellingson, Dennis Solberg, Glen Olene, Jim Hanson, Darwin Clyde, Darrell Berning, Jerry Denman, Gary Kueker, Rollie Lambert (VFW Commander), Jack Kempter (VVA President), Connie Miller (Representing all female veterans) and Dana Jones (American Legion Commander).