Members of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 played a prominent role in the Veterans Day observance at the Sargent Central Activities Center in Forman on Tuesday, November 10. Four members of the Post: Tom Manley; Doug Olstad; Ted Lee; and, Roger Pearson made up the Color Guard that presented the American Flag at the beginning of the program, and Post member Shelly Pherson, a Technical Sergeant in the North Dakota Air Guard and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, spoke on the importance of education, community and service. The program, in which the entire school participated, was well attended and well received. Congratulations and thanks are due to the faculty and staff at Sargent Central, particularly Kim Mahrer, Vicki Weber, Kaia Mahrer and Nathan McAmis, for arranging the event and organizing the program.
A cold front swept across North Dakota during the night of November 10-11, bringing a cold northwest wind and a thermometer reading down into the 30’s for Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. Among those from Rutland who attended the Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse grounds were Bill Anderson and Roger Pearson. Roger was pressed into service as Bugler, to play “Taps” after the ceremonial detail under the command of Tom Manley had fired 3 volleys in honor of those who had served. Roger played “Taps” so perfectly that it could have been a recording. Well, all right, it was a recording, but he did pretty well to figure out how to press the “Play” button on the bugle after a very brief course of instruction. If Roger’s old band instructor at RHS, Augustine “Gus” Schildberger, had possessed such instruments he could have made musicians of all of his students. A brief program in the Forman City Hall followed the outdoor ceremony. Wallace Herman of Havana, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of RHS/SCHS Class of ’64, spoke on “A Day In The Life Of An Infantryman In Vietnam,” and had several exhibits, including the last pair of boots he wore in Vietnam, to illustrate his points. Wallace’s talk was thoughtful as well as humorous. A lunch served by the ladies of the Forman American Legion Auxiliary followed the program. The County’s Veterans Day observance almost did not occur, due to an old American military tradition, a classic SNAFU. There was a mix-up over who was to do what to organize the observance, and as a result, as of Monday, November 9, nothing had been done. However, Bill Smith, a member of the Havana American Legion Post and the Legion’s 10th District Commander, and the ladies of the Forman Auxiliary Unit stepped forward at the last minute, organized the program and carried it off. A salute and a pat on the back are due to Commander Smith and the Forman Auxiliary ladies for a job well done.
Veterans Day observances ended in Rutland with a soup and sandwich supper for local veterans, served by the members of Bergman-Evenson Unit #215 of the American Legion Auxiliary at the Nordland Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The Auxiliary ladies had prepared several different home-made soups and sandwiches that were enjoyed by all. Auxiliary President Joan Lee was MC for the event, and introduced a brief program that included a duet by Tia Gerrits and Teddie Lee, granddaughters of Donald & Yvonne Johnson and Ted & Joan Lee of this community, and a reading by Auxiliary member Sonja Christensen. The Auxiliary Unit had sponsored a Veterans Day Poster Contest at Sargent Central this year, and 10 posters were on display. Diane Smith explained that this was the 2nd year that the Auxiliary Unit had sponsored the poster contest, and that participation had tripled, from 3 posters in 2014 to 10 in 2015. Read More