U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Connelly spoke during New London's Memorial Day observance held May 28 at Taft Veteran's Park. Sgt. Connelly served in Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is now a physics teacher for the New London School District.
Honor guard during Memorial Day services in the Manawa area were Sgt. Major Harold Carey, of New Berlin, with the U.S. flag and Warrant Officer John Bekkers, of New London, with the VFW flag. Carey served in the military for 30 years, from 1976-1996, with four years active service including Desert Storm. Bekkers served in Vietnam from 1967-1968.
Evelyn Fenske Lightfuss, 93, traveled from Denver, Col., to Symco to pay homage to the brothers she lost during wars. With the help of her cousin Matayah Pethke, she paused at the graveside of her brother, Marvin J. Fenske (1931-1952), who died in action during the Korean War. Private Fenske served with the U.S. Army’s Company F, 31st Infantry Reiment, 7th Division. Evelyn remembers when her father passing out when he heard his son had died. Evelyn’s other brother, Roger H. Fenske (1924-1942), is also buried at Union Cemetery. He went down with his ship, the USS Simms, during the Battle of Coral Sea during World War II.
Five flags fly in the Royalton Cemetery as a memorial to the area men who died serving their country during the Civil War. The five soldiers and their date of death are: Bradford Phillips, Corinth, Miss., 1862; William H. Horsefield, New Orleans, La., 1865; David Blazier, Bowling Green, Mo., 1862; Abner Strowbridge, Cairo, Ill., 1865; and Albert Lythe, Sprinfgield, Mo, 1862.
The Memorial Day parade in downtown Manawa included the Little Wolf High School band, Manawa Rural Fire Department, Manawa Police Department and members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 53 and auxiliary.