On this Memorial Day, the clouds gathered, the winds blew and the rain came down in great quantities. As members of American Legion Post 69 gathered at the cemetery, things were not looking good for the annual Memorial Day program. Word came that the program in Fredonia was going to be canceled, and that a critical decision was about to be made for Kanab.

As members of Post 69 consulted over the phone, John Jacobs suggested moving the program indoors, and after some discussion, Post commander Terry Parthemore gave the go ahead for John to make some calls to see if we could use the Kanab Middle School. John was successful, and the move into the middle school took place with concerns about people getting the word of the change.

The program turned out to be a success with all those who braved the weather being able to enjoy the proceedings inside the middle school commons. The program included Sgt. T.L. Partenheimer, 69th New York Infantry Brigade (Terry Parthemore in period uniform of one of his ancestors), conducting the program. Post Chaplain Ron German gave the invocation and Barbara Sanderson sang the “National Anthem.” 

Sgt. T.L. Partenheimer gave a history of the Memorial Day holiday, followed by the Canyon Singers performance of “America the Beautiful.” Tony Chatterley gave a stirring rendition of the poem “Flanders Field,” along with a background of the battles and lives lost who lay beneath the Poppies growing on Flanders Field. 

First Lt. Justin Zufelt of the Utah Army National Guard drove down from Ogden to speak to the gathering here in Kanab. “For your tomorrow, we gave our today” is an epitaph written on the tombstone of a fallen American warrior. He said that is why it’s important this Memorial Day to reflect upon the “tomorrows” left to us by thousands of brave and selfless men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting our nation’s wars.

The Canyon Singers then performed “Nearer My God To Thee,” after which the Post 69 Honor Guard went outside and gave the 21-Gun Salute and “Taps.”

Thank you Veterans for your continued service and example of performance under stressful circumstances.