The memorial wall of 115 names was unveiled on the Fourth of July at Patriot Field in an hour long ceremony that commemorated Bingham County's war dead. The event began with the marching entry of the Blackfoot Firefighter's Pipes and Drum Unit playing "Amazing Grace." The master of ceremonies was radio personality Carl Watkins. The National Anthem was performed by an acapella quartet made up of Bart Brown, Kevin Young, Chris Dunbar and Stewart Smith. The keynote speaker for the event was Stewart Portela, Firth High School teacher and author of "Heroes Among Us." Portela's theme was inspired by the words of Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain -
"In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls . . . generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."
Leland Sorensen, Chaplain of the Aberdeen American Legion Post 59 gave the dedicatory prayer. The ceremony ended with a 21 gun salute by the members of the Blackfoot American Legion Stewart Hoover Post 23 and Taps by Judge Ryan Boyer. Afterward the wall was approached by many who pointed out names on the wall to family and friends.
by Catie Clark - The Morning News, Thursday, July 5, 2018
Photo by Caleb Young