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Long history of Memorial Day services at Laporte

The American Legion of Laporte and its auxiliary unit again held a Memorial Day service; the 70th consecutive service held Laporte. The first service was held by the veterans of World War I. The post received its charter in 1933 and the auxiliary unit in 1937.

In later years, the service was conducted by WW II veterans and again in 2010 by Korean and Vietnam War veterans and its auxiliary.

The attendance each year has been very gratifying. Since I first attended as a Korean War veteran, I have attended the service 50 times. This Memorial Day service, held in the new school, there were over 200 people in attendance; a very real credit to the small community of Laporte.

We will always remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. And a million thanks to those who are serving our country today!

Gordon Oslin