Day is gone, gone the sun . . . . . . . .

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Above are two of several lyrical verses that have been penned for the haunting and powerful bugle melody known as “Taps.” Whenever I hear it, at a military funeral or during a Memorial Day service, I always am moved – almost to tears. That tune just does something to me.

“Taps,” will be played across America – the beautiful – on this Memorial Day and locally there are several opportunities to hear it and to take part in the honoring of our men and women who have died while in the military service.

Karyn Hippen, mayor of Thompson, N.D., extends a cordial invitation to all to attend the Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Thompson Public School. It will be presented by members of Thompson’s American Legion Club who later will serve lunch in the Legion building. Gayle Bergeron, a Legion member and Thompson’s Municipal Judge, is chef of the day.

“During this time of military conflicts in the Middle East,” Karyn said, “we sometimes forget others who served our country throughout the previous generations . . . the World Wars, Vietnam, Korean Conflict, not to mention the Persian Gulf War in the early ’90′s, Bosnia, and so many more battles, conflicts, and operations of military expertise that we don’t even hear about. I don’t think there are many of us who don’t know someone who has served our country, so let’s gather and pay tribute to those who have done the hard tasks and sacrificed the greatest loss for our country’s great freedoms.”

Karyn knows what an honor it is to serve her country for she did so from 1988 to 1992 with the U.S. Navy. Some of her military time was spent in Quam.

If you can’t make it out to Thompson, there also are several Memorial Day observances scheduled in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. They are:

• American Legion Post 6 program, 9:30 a.m. Monday at the flagpole in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1003 N. 23rd Street, Grand Forks. Speaker: Major Marcus Kropf, dental flight commander, 319th Medical Group.
• Disabled American Veterans, Andy Nomland Chapter 2 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Raymond W. Quesnell Post 1874 and their Auxiliaries of Grand Forks, 11 a.m. Monday, Memorial Park Cemetery South, 3002 S. Washington St. Speaker: Capt. Andrew Nathan, 188th Air Defense Artillery Battalion S3 Operations Officer. In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the Norman Funeral Home parking lot.
• Memorial Day Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Calvary Cemetery North at the corner of Columbia Road and Gateway Drive, Grand Forks.
• East Grand Forks American Legion Post No. 157 and VFW Post 3817 service, 11 a.m. Monday, Resurrection Cemetery. Speaker: Col. Scott Riser, vice commander of the 319th Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base. The honor guard will visit the following cemeteries: South Bethany, 8 a.m.; North Bethany, 8:10 a.m.; Holy Trinity Lutheran/Czech National, 8:30 a.m.; Tabor Presbyterian, 8:45 a.m.; Tabor Catholic, 8:55 a.m.; Nesbit, 9:20 a.m.; Resthaven, 9:35 a.m.

There’s one last verse of “Taps,” that I’d like to leave you with. It is:

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

Until Soon

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