Memorial Day services held throughout Lusk

Phillip Collins
Posted 5/31/24

LUSK - American Unitarian minister Minot J. Savage once declared, "The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men." 

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Memorial Day services held throughout Lusk

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LUSK - American Unitarian minister Minot J. Savage once declared, "The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men." 

The perpetuity of the brave was a consistently reiterated theme during Memorial Day services in Lusk on Monday, May 27. The first of these services was held by Elk Lodge No. 1797 at Lusk Cemetery. Wreaths were laid and prayers were said as Lodge members remembered their fallen brethren. Over 600 grave-marker flags were placed by local 4H members and Niobrara County residents in honor of America’s departed heroes.

The Lusk Drove of Does No. 64 also participated in the solemn event. According to Doe President Rhonda Tollman, the mission of the Does centers on public service.  

“We are a community-based organization,” said Tollman. “We help out the community.”

Elaborating on the Does’ commitment to community service, Supreme President Elect of the Grand Lodge Sheila Tangney said, “A lot of people don’t realize the things that the Elks and Does do in our community. The Does have a fundraiser every year to go to one of the charitable organizations in our community.”

According to Tangney, the Does have been involved in the cemetery service since 1976. The Does will be holding another service on Father’s Day, June 16. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on 602 S. Elm. The ceremony will be followed by a dinner hosted by the Does.

The Memorial Day services did not end at the cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conducted a service at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds. Introducing the theme of immortal heroism, VFW Commander Edward Tirado stated that, in a sense, deceased veterans were not truly gone. Instead, they had just advanced to “post everlasting.”

Crystal Zerbe delivered the Memorial Day address, wherein she exhorted the audience to “take a moment to honor all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.” Zerbe drew attention to Memorial Day’s paradoxical, yet poetic symmetry between “grief and celebration.” Celebrants, said Zerbe, must remember both the soldier’s glorious courage and tragic loss.

Building on Tirado’s words concerning the eternality of America’s soldiers, Zerbe said, “We must share their stories with others and ensure that they live on.”

Sandi Gehrke-Richardson laid a wreath before the facsimile of a soldier’s grave in the auditorium.

Those who wish to learn more about Lusk Drove of Does No. 64 can do so by visiting https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065931109709.

Information concerning Lusk Elks Lodge No. 1797 can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ElksLodge1797.

More can be learned about the VFW Auxiliary of Lusk at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064718113596.