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Memorial Day program to honor local soldier MIA since Korean War

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Memorial Day will be observed in Morris on Monday, May 27 with a program at the National Guard Armory and ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial at Seventh Street and College Avenue.

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The featured speaker is Ted Storck of Morris, a retired Navy reserve commander and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5039 in Morris. His Navy career began in 1956 when he enlisted in the Navy Reserve. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1963 with a B.A. in journalism, Storck was granted a commission as an ensign in the Navy Reserve.

During his career, Storck served as an acting photo officer in the Pentagon and was awarded the Bronze Star with the Combat “V” for his work in South Vietnam. Storck retired from the Navy in 1991 after eight years in the active Navy and 20 years in the reserves.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. To commemorate the occasion, organizers will recognize Capt. H.H. Myers Jr. of Morris, who is one of the 108 soldiers still missing from the Korean War. Myers was lost when the plane he was piloting on photo reconnaissance missions went down in Korea in March 1953. According to the March 23, 1951 edition of the Morris Sun Tribune, Myers was the son of Stevens County Sheriff and Mrs. H.H. Myers, and left behind his wife, Jean, and 18-month-old son, Michael Earl.

Myers, known to his friends in the community as “Junior Myers,” had served in the military for 10 years and was credited with more than 50 flying missions.

The day's events will begin with a free breakfast for veterans from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the American Legion Clubrooms.

The program at the armory will begin at 8:30 a.m. with music by the Morris Community Band. Gold Star members will be escorted in at 9 a.m. along with the posting of the colors. Pastor Mike Vinson of Trinity Lutheran Church will give the invocation, followed by the National Anthem by Jerry Sauder, nephew of American Legion Post 29 Commander George Sauder, and the Memorial Day Address.

After the ceremony at the armory, there will be a parade to the Veterans’ Memorial presided over by the VFW and its commander, Storck. There will be a firing squad and Taps played, as well as wreath laying. All are invited to both ceremonies.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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