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RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

RON'S WRITINGS:

"GIANT FOOTPRINTS,

PART FIVE: TRIBUTE TO PIONEER DAKOTANS, 1845-1945"


"HOMECOMING OF THE WAR HEROES"

And Dora Lundy arrived in '81,

to homestead Underwood Quarter,

in '37 she's 87 and far from done

--no pioneer you can name is so hale or heartier!

"Gone with the Wind" at Bryant theater

just as war clouds darken Europe;

a madman went and seized the Ruhr

--a lying "peace" was full shown up,

and appeasement drank a bitter cup.

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Bryanters fought jaws of tyranny

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" was no jest.

Those who now make apology never faced fiercer foes in mortal test

--the kind that proves man's mettle best.

Toughened, knit like strong-linked chain,

our soldiers served at Liberty's behest.

All their sacrifice and pain

made double sure Old Glory's gain.

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Picture: Hundreds of thousands of aspiring young men (and women) sacrificed their life plans and even their very lives to serve at Liberty's call; Arthur Stadem, Great-Grandson of Sjur Stadem, Grandson of Peder Stadem, & Son of Alfred Stadem, was one who served in Pacific combat zone.

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Those who think war a mere game

will no doubt count freedom cheap.

An Honor Roll Board shrines Bryant's fame

in a vacant lot where hoppers leap.

They're names of those the grateful keep.

Stars mark some with shining gold,

those whose blood was sown deep, deep.

All are heroes who walked bold

and trod footprints of giant mold

...and trod footprints of giant mold.

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"Giant Footprints" by Ronald Ginther, a Poem of Tribute was inspired by the Huge Labor of Love by the Editors of the Bryant Centennial Book, 1886-1986, Bryant, SD


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AS WE HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR I, II, AND SUCCEEDING WARS AND CONFLICTS

FOR THE SAKE OF PRESERVING AND DEFENDING OUR GOD-GIVEN LIBERTY IN AMERICA AND ALSO FREE CAPTIVE PEOPLE IN OTHER LANDS.


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