Sunday, August 28, 2011

Waldemar "Wally" Ahlf, 28 Aug 11, Sebeka, MN

Under clear skies, 22 Patriot Guard stood the flag line to honor Waldemar "Wally" Ahlf for his service in the Army during WWII, and his many years in Law Enforcement, on 28 Aug 11, in Sebeka, MN.  Flag line was established for arrival at the church, and re-established for family and friends attending visitation and services.  Flag line was again established for military honors,   When Mr. Ahlf was brought out of the church, 15 squad cars from Hubbard, Wadena, and Ottertail counties and many local towns had their lights flashing and LEO also formed a line on both sides of the hearse.  Wadena County Sherrif's office had the honors of folding the US flag for presentation to the family.
Services were held at the church that Mr. Ahlf attended for many years.  There was a parking space sign that said "Pastor parking - you park - you preach".  We noticed no one parked in that spot, but the Pastor did come over with tears in his eyes to thank us for being there today and to tell us what an impressive sight it was to see all the US Flags when he arrived. 
Many family members and LEO thanked us for being there and for what we do.  We were very strongly encouraged/invited in for the luncheon, which some members were able to participate in.  Some of us went to A&W in Park Rapids for rootbeer floats.
Members came from Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Brainerd and St Cloud Sectors - thanks to all who were able to attend!  Thank you to Mr. Ahlf for his many years of service to our community and country.