Wednesday May 27 2009
Paying tribute to fallen comrades
By: Tom Durkin
Colfax observes Memorial Day
As they do every year, members of Colfax Post 2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion conducted Memorial Day services at the Colfax City Cemetery and the Colfax Indian Cemetery. This year’s service at the city cemetery was held at the gravesite for Pvt. Alexander McClennan, an Australian who fought with the U.S. during World War I. Officiating at the ceremonies were VFW members Joseph Haggerty, Chaplain Craig Sullivan, David Green, Jack Poulsen, Bob Candler, and Terri Sultana, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. After prayers and dedications as well as the presentation of a memorial wreath and individual flowers, VFW and American Legion member Tom Mason blew taps on his bugle. Colfax resident and aspiring country singer Emma Mae Jacob sang a heartfelt rendition of “Amazing Grace” at the conclusion of the service. Setting the tone for the ceremony was volunteer Doug Chapin, who played dirges on his bagpipe. It’s a service he has performed for the last 12 years, Chapin said. Colfax VFW member Skip Weber handled the flag lowering and raising duties. Immediately afterwards, the group repeated the service at the graves of Native American military buried in the Colfax Indian Cemetery. Approximately 50 people attended each of the services.