By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

'Operation Never Forgotten'

 

November 9, 2017

This new grave marker will be installed to replace a broken marker in Riverside Cemetery, Moose Lake, in the spring.

The marble head stone marker of Stanley A. Niezgocki, who is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Moose Lake, will be replaced with a new marker in the spring.

Mike Kosloski, owner of Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home in Moose Lake, said he was asked by Pedersen-Maunula American Legion Post 379 of Moose Lake to order the marker. He wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs about the stone and received a new stone free of charge.

"Typically, the department does not do this," he said. "We got lucky."

Mike Peterson, captain of the Honor Guard, said the Legion is proud to announce that another damaged head stone marker will be replaced because of the Legion Honor Guard's motto, "Never Forgotten."

"Since 2000, the Honor Guard has been documenting which veteran's graves/markers need cleaning, rising, filling, replacing or to add a collar around the marker at Riverside and Sunset Cemeteries," he wrote in a written statement. "This documentation is done each year just before Memorial Day when the Honor Guard goes around the cemeteries to place flags at the grave of each known veteran, numbering 400 in all. The guard investigates if there is any family to care for the grave. If not, the Honor Guard will add the name of the veteran to a list for needed repairs. The funding for 'Operation Never Forgotten' comes from donations from the people of the community, from veteran's families who donate for military honors at their loved one's funeral, and from donations from Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home."

Kim Hartman is going to donate his time and materials to replace the marker in the cemetery in the spring at no cost to the Honor Guard, said Peterson.

"We would like to give a big thanks to Kim Hartman for his work in placing and cementing the marker, and to Sexton Mark Faber for all that he has done through the years for our veterans at the cemeteries. We hope to repair a few more veteran's markers next year for veterans that will never be forgotten."

Kosloski said this mission falls into line with one of his favorite quotes by Sir William Gladstone:

"Show me the matter in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals."

 

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