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Opinions... Monument should stay Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg was right to file a friend of the court brief in support of the right of the City of Plattsmouth to allow a Ten Commandments monument to remain in a community park. Commenting on the action he said, "It is said some of the federal courts see it as their duty and function to obliterate virtually any religious object or reference from public property, This cannot be the proper interpretati.  of the Constitution of a nation that by law sets aside a day each year to give thanks to God; makes Christmas a national holiday; prints 'In God We Trust' on its official currency; pledges allegiance to 'one nation under God;' pays for chaplains to serve the members of the Senate, the House and the military and begins its session of court with the invoca- tions, 'God Save the United States and this honorable court.' "I remain concerned about the implications this case has for religious objects that are a part of the State Capitol Building. If a monument with the Ten Commandments written on it, not erected at government expense and located in a city park where no government office or officer is located; and where no official government function is performed, is an unconstitutional endorse- ment of religion, then the numerous religious objects included the capitol building which were constructed a public expense; which are at the seat and center of power of state government....would appear to be a much stronger endorsement of religion than a privately erected monument in a city park far from the seat of government." It is time for our courts to distinguish between acknowledg- ment of religion which is allowable and endorsement of religion which we believe to be contrary to the Constitution. A time for more than barbecues By Doug Patton Every Memorial Day weekend, my family and I travel to a small cemetery on a hillside surrounded by rich Iowa farmland to attend a special ceremony honoring the local men who served in wartime and are now buried there. It is really quite poignar:. After a prayer, the names are read. Beginning with the \\;ar of 1812 and proceeding through Vietnam, the names of those who :,crxc '. in each of America's armed conflicts, who are buried in that-little cemetery, are read aloud. An aged VFW honor guard is on hand to provide a 21-gun salute, followed by a lone bugler playing Taps. Some of those named had not yet come of age when they lost their lives in battle. Some came home to start families and busi- nesses and grow old in that community, or perhaps they settled there after their war years to start a whole new life. Still others migrated elsewhere before returning home to the place of their childhood to live out their final years and be buried in this little cemetery. Whatever their circumstances, they are remembered each Memorial Day at this brief ceremony, and it is the reading of the names that truly personalizes the memory of those lost. When the names of those who served in World War I are read, my maternal grandfather is among them. He and my grandmother settled there in the 1930s and made the community their home. She died in 1960, he in 1978. They are buried in that little cemetery. For the past tour years, my father's name has been read among the many who served in World War II. As a 22-year-old NCO on Eisenhower's staff during the planning for D-Day, only a freak accident resulting in a broken bone kept him from sailing across the English Channel on June 6, 1944, with the rest of the invasion force. He never talked much about his wartimeexperi- the graves of our parents this weekend, I realized that my respect for them has grown every year since their deaths. Born in 1922, they were high school sweethearts during the Great Depression. Shortly after receiving their diplomas in the spring of 1940, their world was at war. It is hard for those of us who followed them to grasp that concept. The closest I can come is to remember the pressure I felt at the time of my high school graduation in the spring of 1966. Like most of my generation, I had three choices, college, Canada or Vietnam. At least we had choices. The class of 1940 had most of their choices made for them. Within 18 months of high school, they were faced ;,vith the very real possibility that Hitler and the Axis powers would dominate the entire world and occupy or destroy America in the process. For all of our 1960s Cold War fear of international communism, there was never any real threat that the forces of He Chi Min would conquer or even attack the United States. So, my ability to truly comprehend the word of their youth is limited. We spoke with the aging chaplain of the local VFW after the services. We reminisced about people and things in that special little town that had held so many memories. He thanked us for coming, and we told him we wouldn't miss it for anything. And then he said something that made me sad for my nation. He said, "I don't know how much longer weql be able to do this...It's only us old- timers who are involved. The younger members don't seem to care about it. They always want to know, 'What's in it for us.'" I told him that for the last 50 years, America has not had the will to win a war. I told him that those of us who served during Vietnam have never had the sens, of gratitude that vets of his era felt. Yet I knew that more than anything, I was trying to convince Member Nebraska Press Association D SUperior Gxpress Thursday, 28 Bill Blauv I MEMBER Supedor Publishing Company, Inc 148 East Third Street, PC) Box 408, Superior, Nebresl 68978 PRIZE WINNING NA NEWSPAPER E-mall supedorexpreu @ ASSOCIA TION Subscrtion rates: S18 per year or three years for $48 payable in advance ln Nebraska. Kansas year or three years for $50.83 (includes sales tax) Otherstas $25 per year orthrse From the files of The Superior Express... Seventy Years Ago Thurlo McCrady, Superior High School football coach, has accepted the head football coach' s job at Hastings College. Receiving honor awards at Su- perior High School graduation were Esther Warren, Robert Johnston, Florence Montgomery, Edytha Long and Marie McCrum. There were 37 graduates. Finals in the high school tennis tourney was Wise over Groves; Millie Hudson over Dorothy Ruth; Roy Bacon and Wise over Groves and Whitman; Hudson and Butler over Grief and Long. Attending young people's class of Henderson Chapel at the Oak Creek school were Helen and Esther Failer, Lester Lake, Louise and Hobart Harvey a-,.d Vedena and'Verlyn Broyles. Orange nut layer cakes special 18 cents, Superior Bakery. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bjorling moved from Oak to Hardy. He was the hardware man at Oak. Fifty Years Ago Marriage licenses were issued to Dave Walker and Betty Fischer and C-eorge F_xlwards and Marilyn Davis. Inducted into the army were Allen Avers, Lyle Sorensen, Daryl Allington, Clifford Snavely, Clyde Wells, Bobby Brandt and Eugene Heinz. Baby girls were born to Mr. andMrs.VerleBaumann, Mr.and poUsJune20tocasttheirvotestor Zoe Farrand was Mrs. Keith Robinson, Mr.andMrs. the financing of a new public her 95th birthday. Donald Hurd and Mr. and Mrs. safety building. More than 325 Herbert Owen. Some 28 contestants have en- ' annual Superior Betty Sibert and Shirley Purcell tered the Dairy Princess Contest are assisting with Bible school to be held in Superior. work at the Olive Hill Church. Funerals were held for Earl About 40 children are in atten- Harvey, Louise Snavely, Frank dance. Adams and Dennis Roth. Superior High School gradu- ates from the Webber Community were Marcia Roe, Beth Davidson, Eilene Gurm and Melvin Graham. Forty Years Ago For the first time in many years, Mayor George Lawson reports every city fund is in the black. The Superior softball league has six teams signed to play. This year the pitcher will throw over- hand instead of underhanded from 55 feet instead of 45 feet. James Maxwell was Superior High School valedictorian and Anita Langer, salutatorian. Lee Schriever was the winner of the Regents' scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Billings celebrated their golden anniver- sary at Lovewell. reunion. Ten members of were Deaths were Wehrman Twenty Years Ago Memorial Day visitors to Ev- Five ergreen Cemetery were greeted Diane Collins, by the Avenue of Flags. For the County assessor, will first time 70 flags were placed in 30. memory of departed veterans. The introduction d Ron Himmelberg flew his ex- new area code in perimental aircraft from Alaska gin Oct. 1. to be with his parents, Mr. and Construction Mrs. George Himmelberg, ontheir building in 50th anniversary. John Price, Jr. has been se- by Mr. ad MYs. leered to attend the Nebraska Ag- riculturalYouthImtitute, Lincoln. the state Charlie and Leona Anderson , hicles. Rain reduced s had a steel arch placed in memory Kent Miller, of her parents, Ed and Mary principal of Lanham, over the entrance to the has accepted the top 1 Nora Cemetery. tive job at Sandy Ten Years Ago One Year A private donoroffers $63,800 area. A total of 1 fallen in May. The float built 1951 won the alumni in the Lady Thirty Years Ago for library foundation for build- Work is well along on the steel ing construction. The foundation buildingbeingbuiltforH&HBody has $20,000. Shop. The shop will be operated The men associated with the by Paul Hutchinson and Calvin Budweiser Cydesdales place pa- rade attendance between 7 and 8 Hayes. thousand at the Lady Vestey Fes- Superior voters will go to the tival parade. came in below ences, but he did tell me about that one, and I believe it always myself. The truth is that I am deeply saddened by the realization that haunted him that the young man who took his place was one ofthe lessthanayearafterSeptemberllveteransofmygenerationrefuse Area Church i first to fall on Omaha Beach. to tear themselves away from their barbecues long enough to honor As I stood with my brother and two sisters looking down at my father and grandfather on Memorial Day. United Methodist Evangelical Wi ....... " ria Garm "00hurches .... -- - e00er umtea Christ/g Country Roads ByG1 t,utneran unurn Methodist - - - Church Church' o an-Schlaefli Schedules for Sunday Schools ..... and Worship Service 201 South Center A W"*',, ,.. Manka0 Monday morning I maintained a long-standing tradition o er their hearts. The veterans stood at attention with arms Mankato Harmony:. Worship, 11 a.m. lbllkato, Kan. lit -- rim,,, -mL,,,-, o,a. 118 S. Cornmer and attended the Memorial Day services at my hometown cem- raised in salute. The speakers presented patriotic messages which Su,. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Church 785-378-3308 k "_'"..'_."-__'."___ Mankato. I' Ion: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Res 785-378-3766  tes. -[no-amx-oTu 785-378-370' etery. I'm flooded with a warm feeling each time ! see the stirred my soul. :n. h., 10:30 a.m. " / American Legion members fall into lines and become soldiers In solemn respect a green artificial wreath with hand made Odem: Worship, S:lS a.m. l'.Steve Little, Pastor Sunday Sunday School ...... 9 Sun.Sch.,9:30a.m. "',,..,: Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship. I0 once again. As a young child I watched the World War I veterans form the lines. But as the World War I veterans grew old they were replaced by younger veterans. Now World War II veterans are the oldest members Through the years younger veterans volunteered to replace the older men who had so faithfully served at military funerals and memorial services. But it seems those who have served in the last 40 years are interested Who will carry on when the older veterans can no longer participate? Will the children continue to observe the veterans showing respect for their fellow veterans, country and community? If we don't care, why should the children care? At the Memorial Day service I watched as the American flag was raised and members of the audience placed their right poppies was placed at the monument in memory of the deceased veterans. Then a living wreath with real greenery and roses was placed in memory ofthe veterans still living. The legion members raised their guns and fired into the air as the children held their hands to their ears. As the trumpets played Taps, the audience stood in complete silence. As the echo faded away, the only sounds were caused by the American flags waving in the Kansas wind. Each flag displayed at the cemetery on Memorial Day, represented a deceased veteran from the area. The service lasts less than 15 minutes. Those who quesiton why it is held don't understand the sacrifice the service represents. As I looked over the cemetery, I wondered if the next generation will care enough to carry on the service? Will they make the early morning trip to place the flags? Will they walk the cemetery searching out and marking each veteran's grave with a small American flag? I Editor's Notebook This issue marks the 33rd Memorial Day issue of The Superior Express I have had a hand in producing. While editing more that 1665 issues of this newspaper, I've learned an editor is often called to work in the midst of a tempest. But thankfully the tempest associated with this issue is much different than that of the first one. Lady Vestey Festivals are always fun and memorable. For my first Memorial Day issue, Nebraska Gov. Norbert Tiemann was in town to assist the Superior Jaycees with the dedication of the Buel Andersen War Memorial. Buel was a classmate of mine at Superior High School and the only member of the Class of 1964 to be killed while serving his country in Viet Nam. As the governor was in City Park finishing his address, the fire siren summoned emergency workers to an automobile acci- dent near Lovewell Lake. When the fire depamnent's new ambu- lance, which had been on standby service near the band shall, left for the lake. I wasn't far behind. Two people, including a friend who lived on the next 80 acres west of my home were killed when cars collided at an intersection. Lovewell Lake still attracts thousands of people for the big summer holidays but improved roads have reduced the frequency of serious accidents and Tiemann was the last Nebraska governor to deliver a Memorial Day address in Superior. But this year this editor found he was living mighty dose to a Tempest. I refer to a carnival ride brought in to play the Lady Vestey Festival. A ride called the Tempest was located less than 15-feet away from the editor's favorite easy-chair. Fortunately I was seldom home when the ride was operating. Rain shut the carnival down Friday and Sunday nights and I wasn't home Saturday night. When representatives of the Chamber of Commerce realized the Tempest was almost in our living room, they tailed and offered to rent a Victorian Inn room for the editor and his wife. We declined the offer. The offer was reassuring for had at first thought the carnival was purposely located near the editor's home by those who would like for me to leave town. As a youngster I dreamed of growing up and operating carniv'al. I still consider working in my family's f'reworks stand my all-time favorite activity. There was a time when I thought carnival workers had as much fun at their job as I did in the fireworks stand. Best-of-all their work schedule was months instead of days long. This week the up-close and personal look at the carnival made me thankful to have a different job. I expected setting up would be hard work but I don't know how to describe tearing down. With storm spotters ringing Superior, rain falling and light- ning illuminating their work, the carnival's men never stopped tearing down. As the storm approached, I went to the newspaper to shut off and disconnect electronic equipment which likely would be damaged by a power surge. Rita went to tell the carnival boss he and his men could take shelter in our basement should the storm sirens sound. Hurrying tO tear down, he asked that she spread the word. One of the workers told her, "We can't stop now, we have to be out of Superior before daybreak. And so while lightening flashed about them, the rain soaked workers continued taking down the 50-foot ferris wheel and folding up the other rides. I never determined what the men did for meals but their sleeping quarters resembled large dog cages. The trailer labeled "bunk,house was filled with cubicles. Others lived underneath the midway games. I don't know how they could stand those quarters on a hot summer night. Occasionally I may think lhe editor's desk is located in a tempest but I'm now certain the life of an editor beats that of the Tempest ride operator. But I'm not so sure about the job of Tony the Organ Grinder. While visiting with Tony, I learned he travels seven months a year plying his trade. His organ was specially made for him by a.craftsman in England. Like the organs of Victorian days, the person "playing" the organ must turn a crank to provide the air which blows the organ's miniature pipes, Electronics have replaced the original organs' paper music rolls, Now an electronic memory card directs the solenoids which allow the air to flow through the proper pipe for the ribed length of time, Tony programs the order of his music and then strolls the streets ng and cranking. Tony is a former newsman who traded news for entertain- ment. But to be an organ grinder like Tony, I would have to walk. I'vt never liked to walk. That's why I ride a bicycle in my travels around Superior. Perhaps there is an easy way to make a living while riding a bicycle? Suggestions are welcome. Esbon: Worship, .30 a.m. Sunday School ...... 10:30 a.m. Sun. h., 9:30 a.m. Worship .................. 9:00 a.m. Pastor Joyce Beam Thaddeus d. Hlnlde. l Burr Oak: Worship, U a.m. Sunday School ....... 10:30 a.m. 785-378-39' First Baptist dewell County Calvary Bible 4- Northb00 Church Catholic Churches 00eue-, Free Church  Friei 99 W. Pearl, JeweU, Kan. St. Theresa - 7s&4,m-aa4o Phone 785 E. Hwy' 36 Martkato 320 N. Commercial, Mankato  IIIllllll chu00 785-378-3655 785-378-3939 p" Wayne Feigal, Pastor Neolin Taylor, Pastor Saturday on first, third and klW' located eight miles 11 Burr Oak and two i Sunday Services Sunday School ......... 10 a.m. Worship ................... 11 a.m. Bible Study ................ 7 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. OHve Hill -- Church Located five reties south and two m/les west o 8upertor Phoae 402-879-3676 mday Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............ 10:30 a.m. l.ester Snyder, Pastor Prolaimb Chrhlt Since 1878 i i First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .............. 9 a.m. Morrdng Worsh/p ......... I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meetlrlg ................ 6:00 p.m. Jim Dresser, Pastor Bible Centered Nondenomin?nal Salem Lutheran Church fifth weekend ............... 6:30 p.m. Sunday on secdnd and fourth weekend ............... 10 a.m. Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Fr. Allen Scheer, Pastor Centennial Lutheran Church 0umoun Synod) Sml N. Dakota Street,, Neb. Phmae 402-879-3137 Saturday Worship .......................... 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Service ..................... 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class .............................  10 a.m. Paul Albrecht, Pastor Worshtp uth as um le broado Rease conj."  u.J and Bbe study ops. Evening Service ............ 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meet/rig, Chlldren's M/mstry and Youth Group Meetlng ... 7 p.m, Denis Payne, Pastor TraRpwtatlun ud Nunmry Wednesday Youth Group ............. 7 p.m. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m, Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Family Bible Hour ..... 7 p.m. Nlllated w/th the Evaneltcal Free Cbm-h r- Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. Wednesday Evening Youth and Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. Sunday Worship Service ............. 9 a.m. Sunday School ........ I0:15 a.m. Evening Service ....... :. 6:30 p.m. A lot of kneelOlg keeps you good standng w God. Sunday Sunday School ............ Worship ........................ Joe Vance. pasl "Where The Son Ah Grace Com00 Evangelical Free cla Superior 423 !.  Street, Sin# m" Pastor J ',P' WeanelJ Grace Place Children's Club ............................ sund Sunday School ................... Mornlng Worship ............ ': Prayer Time .................. Church Of Little Blue Catholi' The Nazarene Christian Fellowship Church 740 E. Seventh Old Pleasant View School St. Joseph'S C Olee Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday 7 m/lee No.'of Nelson Superior, N/ Sunday School ........ 9:30 a.m. Sunday Rectory Phone 40'8 Morning Service ..... 10:45 a.m. Worship Service I0 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study .............. 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study ...... 7 p.m. Fri ..da...Y,.... 6:30 a.m" Morning Prayer Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers 'First Presbyterian Church Hll0nmy 14 Nort 8uperlor, Neb. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. Fellowship Coffee ...... 10:30 a.m. Rev. Daniel Hays , Worship ........................ I 1 a.m. Rev. Mark Diehl, Lutheran Vespers. KRI. 7:30 a.m. Hoty mmun.arst and third Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 Living Faith Fellowship Word ot Falth Chumh a18 N. Cenmd Phoae ,t0l0-3S14 Sund Worship Service ............ 10:30 m. Evenl Servlce ............ .: ..... 5p.m. (meeept 4th and 5th Sundays} Chrlstlan Development N/ght Adults and Ch/Idren .......... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group ...... 7 p,m. RacUo Program. ms  Sunday Morrttng .......... 8:30 a.m. Patsy, Bu"'. Pastor Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Dally Masses ..... !' Saturday ............ ",' Sunday .................. i Nelson-Sunday ..... .t Father Phi First # Baptist 8T. PAUL LUTHERAN _, Hardy, Neb. ' Church 402-87 Phone 402-279-8205 Pastor Les ,'"7 or 402-236-8825 8 4 Sunday Worsh/p ........... 9 a.m, Sunday School and maFS AM : Pastor Fellowship Hour. ..... 10 a.m. Church at Study.,Y m Rev. Howard Schroeder Worshlp ........ 10.' i Jewell Trini;J Our Redeemer United, Lutheran Church Methodist Montros  e v]j Evangeu00al Luthm. Church Church in America 448 N. Karmu Street Me ,th 505 N.  Superior. Neb. Trr,j May]. Superior, Neb. - Jew I Sunday Sunday 8err tee " " "'.., Kids ,or :Ct- ...... i; Morning Worship 8:30 a.m. Church School ..... 9:30 a.m. Weane,hy ........... :.:/, Sunday School ..... 9:45 a.m. Worship... ......... 10:45 a.m. Montr..,. Morning Worship.'"i':.i.  Rex,. Danlel Hays Rev. Dorthea Falrbanks Fellowship Hour