The Osseo-Maple Grove Legion hosted Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 28, in Henry J. Boerboom Veterans Memorial Park in Osseo. The Legion’s Color Guard, Rifle Squad and speakers were attendance as well as area residents.
The Legion invited all residents of both Osseo and Maple Grove to help the Legion honor those who sacrificed their lives so that we may live in freedom.
Special guest speaker was Chaplain Major Philip (Buddy) Winn, Brigade Chaplain of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard, currently serving in Kuwait and late of Iraq.
Chaplain Winn’s speech talked about the sacrifice of Minnesota Soldiers, from the time of the Civil War, where Minnesota was the first state to commit troops to the effort. He talked of First Minnesota who fought at Gettysburg, who went in 2000 men strong, and were left with 226 men, having repelled a Calvary charge, which could have turned the course of the battle.
He talked about the Red Bulls who were the longest serving unit in both WW II and Iraq. He talked about our soldiers coming home, only to face unemployment. He implored business and communities to hire them. Finally he talked about the Gold Star Mothers, who lost sons and daughters in war, and of their sacrifice and grief over that loss.
The ceremony ended with a 15-gun salute and the blowing of taps, in honor all our dead from all wars, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.