Memorial Day Services Will Be Held Monday
by Jane Whitmore
Veterans of Foreign Wars from Post #2295 will conduct the Memorial Day program Monday, May 31, in Emmetsburg. Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. Military.
Organizations participating in the Memorial Day program will gather by the Methodist Church at the corner of 8th Street and North Broadway at 9 a.m. VFW member Chuck Roberts will serve as Officer of the Day, joined by the Color Guard with the Colors, and the Firing Squad, along with the Emmetsburg High School Band. The parade to Soper Park and Five Island Lake will begin at 9:15 a.m.
The program begins at the south shore of Five Island Lake. A floral tribute will be placed in the lake, honoring deceased sailors. The band will play Anchors Away, followed by the firing squad firing a three volley salute.
The group will move to the Memorial Plaque in honor of the veterans of all wars. Members of the Auxiliary to VFW Post #2295 will conduct a brief service at the memorial monument in honor of veterans who gave their lives in World War I. The band will play America the Beautiful.
The Memorial Day program will resume at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery at the monument erected in memory of those veterans of all wars sleeping in unknown graves.Officer of the Day Chuck Roberts and VFW Post Commander Terry Chamberlain will conduct the program.
Pastor Jon Williams and Pastor Lana Williams will open the program with a word of prayer. Pastor Jon and P astor Lana serve the Methodist Churches of Graettinger and Terril.
Emmetsburg Boy Scous will read John A. Logan’s Order of the Day for the first Memorial Day in 1868 and recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Members of the Auxiliary to VFW Post #2295 will place floral wreaths at the crosses of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War of 1848, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, the Persian Gulf, the Panama,Grenada and Somalia cross, the cross designating Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and a wreath at the Cross for the Unknown.
The firing squad will fire a three volley salute and Taps will be played.
Pastors Jon and Lana Williams will address the assembled group.
Memorial Day speaker is Lt. John Thompson from the Iowa Army Reserve National Guard.
The program will conclude with the National Anthem, played by the band.
Refreshments will be served at theVFW Post Home after the program.
In case of bad weather, the Memorial Day program will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the VFW Post Home.
The Ayrshire Legion Post 173 will conduct Memorial Day services Monday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Silver Lake Cemetery.
Flags will be put up at 6:30 Monday morning and taken down at 5 that evening, weather permitting. Volunteers are appreciated helping with this.
The speaker this year will be Commander Allen Stangl giving the address. Everyone is welcome, so show your patriotism and spend a short time honoring our fallen veterans.
Memorial Day Recognition is Monday, May 31, at 9 a.m. at the Mallard Veteran Memorial. There will be a guest speaker.
The memorial is located on Inman and 2nd Street.
The Memorial Day Recognition will be followed by coffee and refreshments at the Mallard Community Center.