Area ceremonies honor fallen veterans

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Communities in the area will host multiple Memorial Day events, honoring soldiers who have passed away. (Below) Family members take part in the dedication of flags. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

Riverside Cemetery will host Spencer's annual recognition of its fallen service members during a Memorial Day program. The service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. following a parade from the Clay County Administration, west on West Fourth Street, to the cemetery. The parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Phil Hurst, a decorated Southeast Asia Army veteran, will provide the Memorial Day address. The former Clay County Fair manager will also serve as the grand marshall of the Memorial Day parade.

Frank Lehman, American Legion commander, will preside over the events.

Twenty-two new flags will be dedicated to the Avenue of Flags. Melissa Stover will present, "What Heroes Gave," and American Legion 9th District Commander Bob Shelton will conduct the roll call of flags.

The American Legion Riders will conduct the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross ceremony; wreaths will be placed by representatives from multiple organizations; Matt Koenig will read the orders; Olivia Baxter will provide the Flanders Field Reading; and Megan Phillips will read the VFW State Voice of Democracy winning essay, written by Jesse Barnes.

Several others will be part of the ceremony as well.

Memorial Day Services

10 a.m., Monday, May 28

Riverside Cemetery, Spencer

Call to OrderFrank Lehman, American Legion Commander
InvocationPastor Dale Hodges, United Pentecostal Church
Pledge of AllegianceGirl Scouts
Fallen Soldier Battle Cross CeremonyAmerican Legion Riders
Dedication of the Avenue of FlagsMelissa Stover, "What Heroes Gave"
Roll Call of FlagsBob Shelton, American Legion 9th District Commander
National AnthemSpencer High School Band
Orders ReadingMatt Koenig
Musical SelectionSpencer High School Band
Flanders Field ReadingOlivia Baxter
VFW State Voice of Democracy WinnerRead by Megan Phillips
Placing of WreathsMultiple Organizations
Prayer By DARCarolyn Blaue
Introduction of SpeakerFrank Lehman, American Legion Commander
Memorial Day AddressPhil Hurst
Salute to the DeceasedIowa National Guard DET 2 HHC-1-168th Inf
TapsLauren Schwarck and Matt Neiderhiser, SHS Band Members
BenedictionPastor Dale Hodges, United Pentecostal Church

New Flags to be Dedicated

Eugene James ManwarrenArmy, WWII
Daniel James GibsonArmy, Vietnam
Gale D. JohnsonArmy, Korea
Robert B. "Slats" SnyderU.S. Air Corp, Korea, Vietnam
Leonard Leon BergesonArmy, WWII
Julian "Bud" LovittNavy, WWII
Earnest "Gus" FreeburgArmy
Daniel H. MaxwellArmy, WWII
Harold B. KrileNavy, WWII, Korea
Earl Stanley NorgaardNational Guard
Donald E. WellsArmy, Korea
Robert Wayne NelsonNavy
Thomas W. GriffinArmy, WWII
Norman F. WoelberArmy
Donald D. StoreyArmy
Herbert Allen BirchardKorea
Marlin Keith FooteArmy, WWII
Bernard "Bernie" KeningerNavy, WWII
Ronald Joseph DarnellNavy
Robert H. "Bob" BoydU.S. Air Corp, WWII
Stanley N. OlsonArmy, Korea
James F. HypseArmy, Korea

Also in the area:


Everett P. Boyles Jr. American Legion Post 414 will host Memorial Day services at 10:30 a.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery, south of Everly. Speaker will be U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Hampton. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Hap Ketelsen Community Building. A burger bar will follow the service at Everly Community Building until 1 p.m.


Memorial Day services in Royal will begin with a 9 a.m. flag raising at City Park followed by a decoration of graves at Trimello and Willow Creek. A program will begin at 10:45 p.m. at City Park. Coffee, juice and cookies will be served at the community building afterwards.


Memorial Day services will begin at 11 a.m. at Florence Park in Milford. Sheryl McKevitt and LaVonne Siemers from Auxiliary Post 384 will be the guest speakers.

Linn Grove

Memorial Day Service will be conducted at Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28. Refreshments to follow at Riverside Evangelical Free Church in Linn Grove.

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