Vern Vance Burd

Mantorville Express
October 28, 1921


The last remains of Vern Burd arrived here Friday afternoon and he was buried with full military honors on Saturday afternoon in the family lot in Evergreen cemetery.

The boys of the American Legion Post of Mantorville took charge of the service and conducted it in a very able manner.

Vern Vance Burd, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Burd was the only Mantorville boy to loose his life for the cause of his country during the recent World War. He died on October 8th, 1918 from wounds received during action.

Vern Burd was born in Illinois, July 23, 1896 and was 22 years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Burd, two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Raddatz of Balsam Lake, Wis., and two brothers, Floyd and Gilbert of Mantorville.

It is glorious to die for ones country, for if the body mingles with the clouds and dust, the soul goes marching on. The price of liberty is the pain of sacrifice and the reward of sacrifice is the happiest of endless generations. Thrice blessed is he who smiles at fear when the destiny of free peoples hangs in balance. Out of heroes and service comes the health of nations.

"Man that is born of woman is of few days and is full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not."

"In the midst of life we are in death. Sorrow knows no comfort but Eternal Love. Life at most is a burning candle that some times comes to end. It beams, It glows, It flichers out. The rest is wonder and majestic silence.
But if the straws of life tell naught, there is a land beyond the evening shadows where the light of Ages burn undimmed, where the glistening tear drop is a jewel and the moistened eye a smile, and where the brave and true bask in the sunshine of everlasting peace, close by the river of eternal life."

submitted by Donna Irish

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