A time to remember on Memorial Day

Specialist Ryan Almelien speaks about what Memorial Day means to him during a program at the school in Buffalo Center last Monday.

Buffalo Center had a nice turnout for its annual Memorial Day program held at the school last Monday, May 27, as wet weather kept the entire program indoors. The community took time to remember and honor our fallen servicemen and women, and 310 members of the armed forces are now buried at Graceland and Olena Mound cemeteries.

Specialist Ryan Almelien of Buffalo Center delivered the Memorial Day Address this year. Almelien, who joined the U.S. Army in 2014 and currently serves as a member of the National Guard, spoke about what military service and Memorial Day means to him. “It has always been a family tradition to serve this great country of ours,” said Almelien.

His uncle served for 20 years in the Army, with deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea. Both his grandfathers served in the military, including one in Vietnam, and a cousin of one of his grandfathers recovered bodies from sunken ships at Pearl Harbor in WWII.

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