Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

Community to pause and remember

Tribute will be paid on Monday, May 27, to those Americans who answered freedom’s call and gave their lives to preserve this country’s way of life. In Osmond, the Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Osmond Community School gym. A mock cemetery will be fashioned on the east side of the school grounds.

The program is under the auspices of American Legion Post 326, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7838 and the Legion and VFW auxiliaries.

Father Beran Is Speaker

The Memorial Day address will be given by Father Mark Beran of Wayne. Father Currently the Catholic priest in Wayne, Father Beran serves as the pastor of St. Mary’s Church and the Coordinator of Catholic Campus Ministry at Wayne State College. He has been a priest for 12 years, having served in both Omaha and Wayne.

In 2004, Father Beran became a Nebraska Army National Guard Chaplain. In May of 2006, he was called to active duty for a tour in Iraq with the 734th Transportation Battalion out of Kearney. After a few months of training, Father served in Iraq from August 2006 to August 2007. During that deployment, he was asked to travel to bases that did not have a Catholic priest, minister to 800-1,000 soldiers in his battalion, and serve the Catholics on LSA Anaconda which had a population of about 25,000 military and civilian personnel. He was honored to do the memorial ceremonies for four members of his battalion who died serving their country in Iraq.

For his service, Father received the Bronze Star.

Father Beran was honorably discharged from the Nebraska Army National Guard in 2008.

Father will talk about his experiences in Iraq and the unique role that chaplains play in taking care of those who serve our country.

Students to Speak

Other speakers at Monday’s program will be the 2014 Osmond High School Boy Stater, Cameron Moes, and 2014 Junior Law Cadet Academy member Dominic Schmit. Rev. Gary Trowbridge of Immanuel Lutheran Church will deliver the invocation and benediction. A roll call of departed Legion and auxiliary members will take place with Jessa Backer, Ella Broekemeier, Reese Johns and Carmen Reyes dropping poppies as the names are called.

Music will be provided by the Osmond High School band, directed by Jere Heide.

The program will conclude on the lawn east of the school where a wreath will be placed on the cross of the unknown, a firing salute will be given and “Taps” will be played.