Memorial Day speakers in Albion honored the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for their country and the cause of freedom.
Father Brian Kane, a Catholic priest, said his service as a chaplain with the Nebraska Army National Guard puts him in a position to see the full extent of great sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.
Father Kane, who grew up in Maryland, said he is familiar with Boone County as his grandparents, Donald and Clara Cumming, lived at St. Edward. He has served as a priest in the Lincoln diocese since 2000, and joined the Nebraska Army National Guard in 2003. Since then, he has been deployed twice with Nebraska units to Iraq.
During his military service, Father Kane said, he has had the difficult task of informing families that their loved one would not be returning home. One of those families was Ken and Donna Iwan after their son, Lt. Edward Iwan, was killed in Iraq.
Details in the May 30 Albion News Print and Electronic Editions.