by Dennis Dalman
Myron and Dennis Ayer, father and son, who were born and raised in Sartell, had a lot to remember on Memorial Day last Monday.
Both are veterans, and Myron worked for 34 years at the Sartell paper mill. The two men attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park. Then immediately following that, they participated in the ceremony and picnic that honored former Verso employees.
Myron, a millwright, retired from the paper mill in 1972, long before it was known as Verso. He is now a resident of the St. Benedict’s Nursing Home in St. Cloud. Myron was a sailor in the Pacific during World War II.
Dennis, a long-time U.S. Air Force man, served in Saudi Arabia from 1991-92 and retired in 1998 after 20 years of service to his country. Upon retirement, he and his wife decided to stay in Virginia, where he had been assigned to Lackland Air Force Base.
The Ayers said they were glad to take part in the two Memorial Day ceremonies because both ceremonies reflected so many moments, memories and meanings in their lives.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.