This year will mark the 75th anniversary of United States' tactical invasion of Normandy on D-Day, and is also the 100 year anniversary of the American Legion. For these reasons, the Ukrainian Cultural Institute has unveiled a patriotic display of documents, photos and historical materials and are inviting residents to come and pay tribute to the sacrifices made so many years ago to quell a dictatorship and ensure the United States' way of life.
Cathy Logosz and Kate Kessel worked co-headed the display, painstakingly collecting and organizing items at the UCI, located at 1221 West Villard St., in Dickinson. The display will prominently feature the multitude of stories of service and sacrifice of veterans — not just local or Ukrainian, but all. The collection will be on display and will be available to be viewed by the public for the remainder of the month of November.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization, following the end of World War I — originally known as The Great War. It focused on veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion has grown to an organization of over 2 million members with posts throughout the country, Dickinson’s very own American Legion is Post 3.
Veterans Day, was established on November 11, 1919, and became a national holiday to pay tribute to all American veterans who have served their country with honor, during wartime or a time of peace.
Many communities in North Dakota have a local American Legion post.
The William C. Blair Post 144 in Belfield was formed on January 24, 1920, with Alfred C. Sorenson as the first commander. The Matthew Brew Post 3 in Dickinson was formally chartered on August 10, 1920. Matthew Brew grew up in Stark County and joined the U.S. Army at age 17, before ultimately succumbing to injuries received in battle in France on March 1, 1918.
In World War II, June 6, 1944, the invasion of Normandy began with the establishment of Western Allied forces, the largest amphibious invasion to ever take place. This major turning point in the war became known as D-Day. 2019 marks the 75 th anniversary of this important date that triumph came with the price over 4,000 soldiers.
According to the Echoing Trails, Volume II, Billings County History book (2003), 714 Billings County veterans have served from the Civil War through the Persian Gulf War (1999). Of the 714, 11 have died while in the service, seven of them in WWII.
During a battle, Pvt. George Klym lost both of his eyes while fighting off the enemy until his company line was formed, he miraculously survived.
Roy Basaraba was instrumental in establishing The Billings County Veteran’s Memorial in Medora which was dedicated May 30, 1993. The Stark County Veterans Memorial in Dickinson was the fulfillment of a dream of Dave Logosz. Dave served with the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, was deployed to Vietnam, and served as a sniper there. The Stark County Veterans Memorial is in honor and in memory of the men and women who served our country. The memorial was dedicated on October 4, 2015.
With these important dates in the history of the United States in mind, the displays at the UCI are focused on the time period of WWI through WWII.
“The Ukrainian Cultural Institute wishes to thank all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our great country, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Kate Kessel of the Ukrainian Cultural Institute.