On Sunday, September 29, the Wabasha County Historical Society will present the final program of their 2013 Summer Season; The Wabasha County Veterans Memorial Dedication. The program will begin at 2:00 and has been divided into two sections. First, a plaque will be dedicated honoring all military personal, past and present, who have served their country. Second, a tribute presentation will be given to honor SGT Howard David Ostrom, a native from Reads Landing, who served during World War II.
The first part of the program will take place outside and will start with Commandant Bill Hanson leading the Wabasha County Veterans Organizations in a Flag Raising Ceremony. The ritual will take place near the new flagpole and memorial plaque which have been installed on the WCHS Museum Campus in Reads Landing.
The plaque, purchased in part through funds from the veterans organizations of the county, reads “This Memorial is Dedicated to the Veterans of Wabasha County.” The plaque is intended to be a permanent representation of the appreciation given to all veterans from the county who have served their country.
Also included in the memorial plaque dedication will be John Mundy performing “To The Colors” on trumpet, Abigail Hall singing the “National Anthem,” and Nathan Pelz, Wabasha County Veterans Service Officer, giving the dedicatory address.
The second portion of the Wabasha County Veterans Program, a Tribute to SGT Howard David Ostrom, will take place inside. During this portion of the program a framed commemorative will be read and presented to the museum. Participating in the presentation will be Oscar “Swede” Ostrom, Howard’s first cousin and classmate at Reads Landing School during the 1930’s.
The young life of Howard Ostrom is the story of many who grew up during the depression. After graduating from Wabasha High School in 1943, he entered the military and was assigned to the 50th Armored Infantry Battalion.
The difference, however, is that Howard never returned. He maid the ultimate sacrifice on Saturday, March 31, 1945, just thirty-eight days before the war ended in Europe. He is a highly decorated soldier; recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Everyone is encouraged to attend this moving program which will commemorate the service of all veterans of Wabasha County. Please bring a lawn chair to sit on for the outside portion of the program. Light refreshments will be served. There will no admission charged for this final event.