Veteran of Month

VETERAN OF MONTH: Larry Kaiser (from left) receives the Veteran of the Month award from Saunders County Veterans Service Officer Mary Pace on May 14 during the Saunders County Board of Supervisors meeting. (Staff Photo by Lisa Brichacek)

WAHOO – Larry Kaiser of Ceresco is the May Saunders County Veteran of the Month.

Each month, the Saunders County Board of Supervisors recognizes a veteran who is a resident of Saunders County. Kaiser received the honor this month during the board’s May 14 meeting.

Kaiser was nominated for the month by Ken Hanke.

Kaiser joined the Marines April 27, 1954. After basic training, he was assigned to Point Mugu in California. This facility was the site where most of the Navy’s missiles were developed and tested in during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Kaiser was part of the guard detachment at the test center. He finished his enlistment April 30, 1957, returning to South Dakota.

He married Sharon in November 1959 and they have raised three children, Tammy, Myron and Debbie. Kaiser has since been a rancher, worked construction, has been an iron worker and worked for the Postal Service.

He is an active member of American Legion Post 244 in Ceresco. He is a former Saunders County District commander, past Post commander, past vice commander, Post service officer and is part of the Firing Squad, performing at funerals, parades and other military functions. He is also a member of the Veterans Committee.

Kaiser coached American Legion baseball for over 20 years, and is still involved with the scholarships. His nomination offered if there is an American Legion function, you can bet that ye has a hand in it – whether it’s the steak dinners the Legion host, County Government Day or to be there on Memorial Day to place crosses and flags on the fallen Veterans graves.

The Saunders County Veteran of the Month program recognizes military service to the United States of America.

“Throughout our Nation’s history, it is the efforts of men and women such as yourself that have provided the freedoms we, as Americans, dearly enjoy today,” the veteran’s certificate reads.

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