Am. Legion Post 227 Commander Peter Esanbock thanked everyone for attending the Annual Memorial Day Service held this year in the dry comfort of the SV Community Center. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Am. Legion Post 227 Commander Peter Esanbock thanked everyone for attending the Annual Memorial Day Service held this year in the dry comfort of the SV Community Center. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Spring Valley Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 presented their annual Spring Valley Memorial Day Service in the dry comfort of the Spring Valley Community Center in lieu of the soggy rain drenched Andy Handy Park as originally scheduled. The Service was held on Monday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m.

There was an excellent “huge” turnout by the community who figured out that the Memorial Day event was moved indoors without any notice and braved the weather to remember the meaning of Memorial Day.

Joining the Legion and Auxiliary were members of the Spring Valley High School Band that played the “Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America and Armed Forces Salute. After the welcome from Commander Peter Esanbock everyone joined in to sing the National Anthem.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 145 led in the Pledge of allegiance. This was followed by Commander Esanbock calling Sergeant at Arms Dan Tully to lead the Honor Guard in a Present-to-Arms in lieu of lowering the flag to half-staff as would be the normal custom for this ceremony (the flag on display didn’t have that capability).

Pastor Todd Sauve standing in for Brother Michael Mandernach (out sick) read Brother Michael’s prepared Invocation. Closing with the spiritual request to “Bring about a peaceful world.”

Commander Esanbock for his message read a moving tribute written by the National Commander of the American Legion from the Legion magazine. This article spoke of the last inspiring words of Army Major Brent Taylor who served four deployments serving his country. Two were in Iraq, one in Afghanistan and the last was one while training an Afghan Army commando battalion, near Kabul, Afghanistan when he was killed in action in November of 2018.

Taylor was also a dedicated family man and the former beloved mayor of North Ogden, Utah.

Commander Esanbock was emotionally moved by the encouragement of Tylor’s example and the words of the National Commander who noted that over one million men and women have fallen in service to this nation making the supreme sacrifice for our freedoms.

Auxiliary member Barb Esanbock laid the memorial wreath and the Legion Honor Guard made the Salute to the Departed Comrades.

Dan Tully thanked the vets of the Honor Guard who willingly volunteer for these types of details without a complaint ever, giving of their time and talents to honor their comrades and community.

The 2019 inspirational Spring Valley Memorial Day Service closed with the mournful playing of “Taps” by Brenna Schreiber of the Spring Valley High School Band.