We honor and say thank you to all veterans, past and present, for their service in the United States Armed Forces. Milbank’s annual Veterans Day program took place in the Milbank Armory with a capacity crowd on hand.
Chaplain Gary DeRouchery was the keynote speaker. With over 32 years in the active and reserve Army, DeRouchery served as chaplain on tours of duty as close as San Antonio and as far- flung as Saudi Arabia and Quatar. During those years he encountered thousands of soldiers and most, he said, served with honor, some became great leaders, and far too many gave their lives. He expressed his admiration and gratitude for every soldier he met, formed a friendship with, or worked side-by-side with during times of peace and times of war.
In addition to DeRouchey’s inspiring talk, former Commander of Birch Miller Post #9, Tim Jurgens, gave the call to assembly, and Chaplain Curt Hallberg, the invocation. Musical selections were provided by the Milbank High School band and Milbank Middle School choir. A salute to fallen comrades was provided by the VFW Post #3486 rifle squad with a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of Taps.
Units participating in the event included the American Legion Post #9 color guard, Legion Auxiliary color guard, VFW Post #3486 color guard and firing squad, VFW auxiliary color guard, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 1054 and the 740th Transportation Company color guard.