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Lest we forget….

By Staff | May 22, 2008

EMMETSBURG — Memorial Day services will be Monday, May 26, coordinated by members of VFW Post #2295. Organizations will gather at the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank on South Broadway at 9 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. with Phil Stillman serving as Officer of the Day, Colors and Color Guard, Firing Squad, Middle School Band, and other organizations. Parade participants will march to the south shore of Five Island Lake.

The program at the lake shore includes a floral tribute being placed in the lake in honor of deceased sailors. The band will play “Anchors Away” and the firing squad will fire a three volley salute.

VFW Auxiliary members will conduct a service at the Memorial Tree and Plaque in honor of veterans of all wars. At this site, Auxiliary members will honor veterans who gave their lives in World War I. The band will play “America the Beautiful.”

All parade participants will reassemble at Evergreen and St. John’s Cemeteries, near the monument erected in memory of veterans of all wars sleeping in unknown graves. Phil Stillman, Officer of the Day, and Ronald Hersom, VFW Post Commander, will officiate the program.

Officer of the Day will report that flags were placed on all deceased veterans graves on May 24. Those gathered at the cemetery will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Memorial Day Service will begin with a prayer from the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the First United Methodist Church. Commander Hersom will welcome people to the service in honor of departed comrades. Dennis Goeders will read John A. Logan’s Order of the Day for the First Memorial Day in 1868. Beth Hersom will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

VFW Commander Hersom will read the names of comrades who have joined the ranks of the departed since last Memorial Day.

Tribute will be payed with floral wreaths laid at the crosses representing fallen heroes from the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Fighting men and women will also be remembered for their service in Panama, Grenada and Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. A wreath will be placed to remember veterans of all wars who are resting in graves unknown.

“Our floral wreaths may wither, but the memory of those who answered their country’s call will never die. This has been a symbolic ceremony to honor our departed comrades,” said Hersom.

The firing squad will fire a three volley salute and a member of the Middle School Band will play Taps.

The Rev. David Morris of the First United Methodist Church, Iowa Representative Marcie Frevert and Iowa Senator Jack Kibbie will address the group.

The Memorial Day Address will be delivered by Brigadier General Douglas M. Pierce, the Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. He will address current military events and speak about Memorial Day. (Read about Brigadier General Pierce on page 18.)

The program will close with the Emmetsburg Middle School Band playing the National Anthem.

Everyone is invited to the VFW Post Home for refreshments following the program at the cemetery.

In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held at the VFW Post at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

AYRSHIRE — Memorial Day service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Silver Lake Cemetery. Gunnery Sergeant Brian Ivers of Fort Collins, CO, will deliver the Memorial Day Address. (Read about Gunnery Sergeant Ivers on page 18.)

Allen Stangl, Commander of Ayrshire Legion Post #173, invites the public to attend dedication of the flag pole in memory of Harry Stowell at the new Ayrshire Community Center. Coffee and rolls will be served at the Community Center.

In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day Service will be held at the Community Center.

GRAETTINGER — St. Paul’s Cemetery Association will hold Memorial Day Service at the South Walnut Church, rural Graettinger, on Monday, May 26. The service begins at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow in the church basement.

MALLARD — American Legion Post #345 members and Legion Auxiliary members will host Memorial Day Services at three cemeteries Monday, May 26. A short service and speaker, along with a gun salute and Taps, will be at each cemetery.

Service at Ellington Cemetery is at 9:15 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and Rush Lake Cemetery at 10 a.m. In case of rain, Memorial Day Services will be held at the school.

RODMAN — Memorial Day program will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. by members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 Monday, May 26.

Members of the Seely-Walsh Post will provide the Avenue of the Colors. The Post Commander will offer the POW/MIA Observance and welcome guests. The West Bend-Mallard School Band will play the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Memorial Day address will be given by the Post Commander and the Post Adjutant will read the Honor Roll of the Dead. The Post Chaplain will give the Memorial Day Prayer and the Post Commander will give a Memorial Day reading. A city official from Rodman will place the Memorial Wreath. The program will close with a gun salute and Taps.

A “fly over” is courtesy of Elmer Steier of Whittemore.

RUTHVEN — American Legion Post #33 is in charge of Memorial Day Services in Ruthven. Master of Ceremonies is Commander Cliff Christensen and Officer of the Day is Wayne Ingram, Sergeant at Arms.

At the Legion Hall at 9:40 a.m., the Ruthven-Ayrshire Band, under the direction of Tim Nielsen, will play the National Anthem after the colors have been advanced. Cub Scout Troop #25 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Post Chaplain Bob Jacobson will give the invocation and he will also give the Memorial Day Address. The colors will be retired and the program will continue at Crown Hill Cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

At the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at Crown Hill Cemetery, the flag will be raised to full staff by order of Commander Cliff Christensen. Marie Nelson will read “In Flanders Field.”

Presentation and Dedication of Flags of Veterans who joined the Avenue of Flags in 2008 will be honored: Arnold L. Roland, Jr., Korea; Richard D. Cacek, Korea; Eldon “Curly” Lee, World War II; and Eugene W. Wigdahl, World War II. Decorations will be placed on the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, and in honor of veterans of World War I, World War II, Korean War and War in Viet Nam. Volleys will be sounded in remembrance of all war dead, followed by Taps.

The Post will assemble at Calvary Cemetery, Highland Township Cemetery and Lost Island Township Cemetery. The flag will be raised to full staff and a prayer offered. Volleys will be sounded, followed by Taps. They will return to the Post where the flag will be raised to full staff. Buglers for Memorial Day are Mike Grange and Brad Geelan.

WEST BEND — The Memorial Day program at West Bend Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. by members of West Bend American Legion. Raymond Zinnel will offer the invocation and West Bend-Mallard High School Band will play the National Anthem. Memorial Day speaker is Shon Bruellman.

Harold Montag will read the names of Veterans honored in the Parade of Flags. Pat Montag and Amanda Montag will place the wreath on the memorial. Raymond Zinnel will offer the Benediction. Sergeant at Arms is Harold Montag; Officer of the Day is Eugene Wagner. A “fly over” is courtesy of Elmer Steier of Whittemore.

In case of rain the program will be held in the school gym.

Memorial Day benefit breakfast, by Chris’ Cakes, will be held at the Community Center from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. A free will donation will be accepted, with proceeds going toward the scholarship of high school graduates.