Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, dedicated to honoring Union soldiers who died during the Civil War. The day now honors all men and women who died while in military service. The name Memorial Day was first used in 1882 and the day became a federal holiday in 1971.
EMMETSBURG Memorial Day services will be Monday, May 28, coordinated by members of V.F.W. Post #2295. Organizations will gather at the First United Methodist Church on North Broadway at 9 a.m.
The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. Don Bruch, Officer of the Day, will lead the Colors and Color Guard, Firing Squad and Emmetsburg Middle School Band to the shore of Five Island Lake. At the lake, deceased sailors will be remembered. Members of V.F.W. Auxiliary will conduct a service at the Memorial Monument in honor of veterans who gave their lives in World War I. The band will play Anchors Away and America the Beautiful.
The Memorial Day service will continue at Evergreen Cemetery at the monument erected in memory of veterans of all wars sleeping in unknown graves. Officer of the Day Don Bruch and 10th District V.F.W. Commander Ronald Hersom will lead the ceremony.
The Rev. Clem Currans, pastor of RAE of Light Cluster, will offer a prayer. Sherman Hilfiker will read John A. Logan’s order of the day for the first Memorial Day in 1868. Arik Kerr will recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Memorial tributes will be placed at crosses representing fallen heroes of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War, the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, the war in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Veterans will also be remembered who gave their lives in Panama, Grenada, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. A floral wreath will also be placed at the monument of Veterans of All Wars who are resting in Graves Unknown. Taps will be played.
Memorial Day speakers include Father Currans; Iowa Senator John P. Kibbie of Emmetsburg; and Col. Stephen E. Osborn, G1 Joint Forces National Guard of the Iowa Army National Guard. Col. Osborn and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Johnston.
The program will conclude with the band playing the National Anthem under the direction of band director David Ballman.
V.F.W. and Auxiliary members will host a reception at the Post Home. The public is invited.
In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held at V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg, at 9:30 a.m.
AYRSHIRE Memorial Day services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Silver Lake Cemetery. The Memorial Day speech will be delivered by Matthew Treska.
Matthew Treska was born and raised in Des Moines and is related to the Heiman family of Ayrshire. He joined the Iowa National Guard’s B Company, 224th Engineer Battalion in 2004, and soon after contracted into the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Cyclone Battalion at Iowa State University. He served tours of duty in Germany, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Treska returned to home station late August, 2010 and resigned from Active Duty as a Captain in January, 2011. Both combat deployments to the Middle East occurred during each campaign’s respective troop surge, where Matthew aided his unit in establishing refueling and rearming points for Coalition aircraft, maintaining a multitude of support vehicles and moving people and equipment between the Middle East, Central Europe and the United States. Matthew is a member of the Ayrshire Legion Post.
Members of Ayrshire Legion Post #173 will serve coffee and rolls at the Ayrshire Community Center following services at the cemetery.
In case of rain, all events will be held at the Community Center.
GRAETTINGER St. Paul’s Cemetery Association will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at the South Walnut Church, rural Graettinger, on Monday, May 28. The service begins at 11 a.m. Pastor Chris Lange will officiate the services. A luncheon will follow in the church basement.
MALLARD Members of American Legion Post #345 and Legion Auxiliary members will host Memorial Day services on Monday, May 28
A service honoring veterans buried in Ellington Cemetery is at 9:15 a.m. Due to road construction, the cemetery is not accessible, so the service will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial, downtown Mallard. Services will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., and 10 a.m. at Rush Lake Cemetery. A gun salute and Taps will be held at each location. In case of inclement weather, Memorial Day service will be held at the Mallard Community School.
RODMAN Memorial Day program at the Rodman Cemetery begins at 8:45 a.m., conducted by members of Seely-Walsh Post #425.
Post Commander Stuart Simonson will open the program and members of the Post and guests will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner will be sung by members of the West Bend-Mallard Choir. The Memorial Day Address will be given by Jim Peterson.
Post Adjutant will read the Honor Roll of the Dead and the Post Chaplain will lead the Memorial Day Prayer. An official from the City of Rodman will place the Memorial Wreath. The Post Sergeant at Arms will lead the Gun Salute, with the Artillery Gun Salute provided by Artillery Gun Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion of the 194th Field Artillery. Jason and Jesse Zinnel will play Taps with Echo. Fly-over is courtesy of Elmer Steier.
WEST BEND The Memorial Day parade will leave from the West Bend-Mallard baseball field at 9:45 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. at the West Bend Cemetery.
Officer of the Day is Jim Schuller, Post Commander, Harry A. Anderegg American Legion Post #151. Sergeant at Arms is Harold Montag.
Father Thomas Hart will open the program at the cemetery. The National Anthem will be sung by members of the West Bend-Mallard Choir.
B.J. Schuller is the speaker and will offer a Gold Star Tribute.
Harold Montag will read the names of veterans honored in the Parade of Flags. A memorial wreath will be placed and a gun salute will sound. Jason and Jesse Zinnel will play Taps with Echo. Fly-over is courtesy of Elmer Steier.
In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the school gym.