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A Day of Remembering

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

This weekend we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. In this email I’d like to honor those who were members of St. Paul’s.

Memorial Day originated following the Civil War as Decoration Day.

A number of years ago, an amateur historian was looking at graves in our cemetery. He shared with me that one of our earliest pastors J.F. Kilean resigned his call in 1861 to serve as a chaplain for the Union Army. I think he served with 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Brigade, the Iron Brigade, in the Army of the Potomac. I have searched for confirmation of this information and have not been able to find any. I would welcome additional leads.

Private Otto C. Lutsch – World War I

It has been 100 years since Otto C. Lutsch of Caledonia died of battle wounds in France on October 20, 1918. He was 25 years old. His grave is in our cemetery. He served in the 4th Infantry Division.

Staff Sergeant William R. Horn and Sergeant Benjamin A. Horn – World War II

The sons of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Horn died within months of each other near the end of fighting in the European Theater in World War II. S/Sgt William Horn was born in 1920 and died in Luxembourg on February 19, 1945. His brother Sgt Benjamin Horn was born in 1924 and died in Italy on April 18, 1945. On December 4, 1948, 70 years ago this fall, they were reburied here at St. Paul’s. Read the article here. Their graves are near the grave of their relative William M. Horn who was recently called to our Savior’s side.

Captain Ronald Alan Ross – Vietnam War

Capt. Ross, the son of the late John and Kay Ross, died in the Battle for Landing Zone Kate in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago on October 31, 1969. He was 23 years old. You can read about the battle here. He was posthumously promoted to captain.

If you know of other members of St. Paul's who died in service to their nation that were not mentioned, please let me know by reply to this email.

Honoring Our Veterans and Those Who Serve Today

In addition to these who gave their lives for their country, we also honor our veterans who have served and our many men and women who continue to serve their country today.

May God grant healing to all who suffer wounds of body and soul.

May God protect all who go forth to keep our nation safe.

We thank you for your service.

St. Paul’s News

Just a couple of news items. Attached is the News and Notes from the worship folder this week. Also attached is the corrected listing of our high school graduates. We inadvertently omitted Emilie Schneck.

Remember that Awake and Alive is Sunday, June 10. Learn more and/or register here.

Finally, we have extended a call to Talia Spiegelberg, a UW Madison graduate, to teach 2nd grade in our school next year.

God bless your time for refreshment. Join us in person or online as we find refreshment in God’s Word and sacrament this weekend.

Your brother in Christ
Pastor Pete

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