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Page 8 The Star June 7, 2021 «I: . ’ Roger Counts, above left, holds a bugle for the playing of Taps during a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside Cemetery near Dunseith as another Dunseith American Legion, above right, lowers the flag. Below: Dunseith area residents roam the cemetery prior to the ceremony. 1" Bob Keller Saturday, June 26 Please join us " at the Bisbee farmto ’i’f celebrate the life and times of our Dad with food, dnnk,and . live music \ ,4"? from. 4-9 PM. i l \‘K‘ 4%"? they} a: ‘0 a; i e- a? El into the burial grounds and con- ducted a short ceremony. Dale Juntunen took part in each of those along with the remembrances held in two cemeteries near Rolla. He’s 79 years old and a 46—year member of the Fred C. Wagner Post No. 235. Juntunen recalled being encour- aged to join a local legion post after he left the US. Army in 1962. A . Rolla business owner and veteran ap- proached him in 1975 and it’s been a steady commitment since that time. The Rolla Legion in the mid 1970s “was pretty busy compared to what it’s like now,” Juntunen said. He recalled the commradirie that led to each member individually signing a bank note in order to pay of an ex— pansion of the organization’s cabin. “I don’t remember how much it was but we needed to pay it off,” Jun—- tunen said. “Then we would hold‘ smokers to make money andin a few months we had it all paid off and money in reserve.” Juntunen said that type of com- mitment just isn’t there anymore and it extends to most organizations in smaller communities. “There’s only a few of us still hanging on,” said Juntunen, who al- luded to meetings in which only four people show up. “It’s not just in Rolla, it’s all over.” The Rolla post still conducts honor guard ceremonies for funerals along with Memorial Day and Veter- ans Day events. Juntunen said the current members will keep those tra- ditions alive as long as possible, but he is concerned about the future. “It might get to the point when no one is around to do that, but I would think most of it would carry on,” Jun- tunen said. “If it doesn’t, well, I think we would all be disappointed.” or decades , the Dethman FArmstrong American Le- gion Post No. 194 in Rolette served as a benchmark in terms of community involvement. It funded the summer baseball pro- gram, ran BINGO games in the city’s Memorial Hall and exhibited strong support for the local school district. “We were quite active as far as the city goes,” Gordon Boucher, a legion a Allie "/2017 Che ilvrado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 Loaded! Summit White, Power Running boards, Cover, 20" Chrome Wheels GM CERTIFIED! 73k miles NADA Retail: $50,900 PRICE: $35, 900 Legion Posts (Continued from Page 1) > “It might get to the point when no one is around to do that, but I would think most of ‘it‘v‘vould carry on. If it doesn’t, well, I think we ,would‘all be disappointed.” Dale Juntunen, member of the Rolla American Legion Post“ member since the early 1970s. “Then the numbers went down. The legion membership is getting older. There are one or two young ones, but not many are joining any more so we’re not able to do as many things.” Boucher said that while the Deth- man Armstrong post can boast a large membership of around 75, only “about 15” are active in such things as regular business as well as funeral honor guards and Memorial Day cer— emonies. V Once his generation is done, Boucher isn’t optimistic about the fu- ture of the Rolette post and its ability to continue its basic missions. The thought of no more honor guards or Memorial Day duties doesn’t still well with the 82—year old veteran of the US. Army. “It doesn’t feel good because the organization and the veterans do a lot of good for the,community,” Boucher said. “I see that going by the wayside which is going to make it awfully dif- ficult, especially in our small town.” ack on the grassy bluff that B is Riverside Cemetery in Dunseith, the Memorial Day ceremony included a reading of all the names of veterans who served their country and have since passed away. The last names were as common to the Turtle Mountains as the trees and lakes that dot its landscape. At 94 and a member of the great— est generation, Dion knew many if not all of those veterans. He served‘ in the US. Navy and was discharged . . in 1946. On June 7, he and his wife, Luella, will celebrate 71 years of marriage. After weaving through all those years and hearing all those names, he spent part of last week contemplating the end of American Legion-led events in Dunseith. “It could happen. 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