Nisqually Valley News
Many people who now live here as well as many former residents were in attendance at the Memorial Service, held at the Yelm Cemetery on Memorial Day, sponsored jointly by the American Legion and Auxiliary and the Yelm Garden Club. The program opened with a flag raising ceremony, with the Boy Scout Troop, and Girl Scouts taking part, each carrying a wreath which was later placed upon a veteran’s grave. Rev. Howard P. Buck gave the invocation.
The American Legion was the recipient of new National and Legion flags, which were dedicated. Two trees were also dedicated, one to Gerald Stillings and one to George Paradis, Yelm’s first casualties in World War No. 2, who were actually killed before war was declared, in the attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7th. A shrub was also planted and dedicated to Mrs. L. H. Fuller, a charter member of the Garden Club. The program lasted for over an hour.
The organizations sponsoring the program wish to thank all those taking part in anyway, especially Mrs. John Grinde, for her solo numbers, Jimmy Brown, for acting as bugler, Don Pay, for burning the name of Frank Music, World War veteran who passed away during the year, on the American Legion Memorial Plaque, this was done with his wood burning outfit. Also all aiding in making the wreathes, Miss Frances Norton and her Girl Scouts, Melvin Lightle and his Boy Scouts, O. L. Montgomery for his help. Wm. Sherman for his help and the school band, and to Mrs. Rosa Krees and Al Obrey for donating the American flag and all others who helped in any way.