Windthorst Community Remembers Fallen Soldiers at The Grotto

Published 05/28 2012 01:58PM

Updated 05/28 2012 07:09PM

    In Windthorst, the VFW Post 2676 hosted the annual Memorial Day service at Saint Mary's Church.
    Sixty-one young men from Windthorst were sent off to World War II.
    Miraculously, they all came home.
    The men were looking for a way to thank "Our Lady of Perpetual Help" for keeping them safe.
    "So they built The Grotto.  It took them about four years to build it.  Now it's the city's focus on the veterans," Bill Veith, a Korean War veteran, says.
    David Teichman, who's also a veteran, says, "It's very significant because there are three podiums here on The Grotto that commemorate three local soldiers, marines, in this case, who have given their lives in defense of our country."
    The three podiums were built to remember Marine Private Leo Blake, Marine Corporal Paul Himmels, and Marine Sergeant Gary Johnston, all of Windthorst.
    Johnston died in 2007 when he stepped on an I.E.D. in Afghanistan while serving there during "Operation Enduring Freedom".

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