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For the week of May 31 through June 6, 2000

Taps for our heroes

"They fought for us; for us they fell. Now with one accord, in deepest reverence, we do them honor."

- Ret. Air Force Col. John O’Connor, Commander, American Legion Post 115

Express Editor

Memorial Day in KetchumUnder a mostly sunny sky on Monday morning, the haunting notes of "Taps" sounded true and clear across the Ketchum Cemetery, marking a Memorial Day ceremony that was echoed across the nation in honor of those who fought—and died—for America.

This year, the "Taps" torch was passed to 12-year-old Connor Wade of Ketchum who played the legendary notes originally sounded by a Civil War bugler.

For years, the honor had belonged to Wood River Valley jazz musician Jimmie Limes, himself a Navy veteran, who died in January.

"He taught me ‘Taps’ last year," Connor Wade said. "I sort of perfected it with him. He was a really good teacher."

About 50 people gathered for the brief ceremony presented by Ketchum’s American Legion Post No. 115.

American Legion members, Post No. 115Old Glory fluttered from several grave markers as a light wind kicked up. More than 100 veterans are buried in the cemetery, which dates to the Civil War.

"They fought for us; for us they fell," Ret. Air Force Col. John O’Connor, 66, of Sun Valley, a Vietnam War veteran and the post commander, told the gathering. "Now with one accord, in deepest reverence, we do them honor."

Veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts stood at attention as an eight-veteran squad fired the traditional three-round salute. Ret. Army Col. Ed McGowan of Ketchum, a special forces Vietnam veteran, who also served in Korea and World War II, commanded the unit.

Firing World War II vintage M-1 rifles were John Palmer, Jim Hitson, Bob Michaud, Joe Miczulski, Tom Johnson, Cliff Noxon and John Robertson.

"It’s sentimental," reflected McGowan, 78, after the ceremony. "I had a lot of friends killed in these wars."


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