Area ceremonies honor fallen veterans
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 Order||Frank Lehman, American Legion Commander|
|Invocation||Pastor Dale Hodges, United Pentecostal Church|
|Pledge of Allegiance||Girl Scouts|
|Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Ceremony||American Legion Riders|
|Dedication of the Avenue of Flags||Melissa Stover, "What Heroes Gave"|
|Roll Call of Flags||Bob Shelton, American Legion 9th District Commander|
|National Anthem||Spencer High School Band|
|Orders Reading||Matt Koenig|
|Musical Selection||Spencer High School Band|
|Flanders Field Reading||Olivia Baxter|
|VFW State Voice of Democracy Winner||Read by Megan Phillips|
|Placing of Wreaths||Multiple Organizations|
|Prayer By DAR||Carolyn Blaue|
|Introduction of Speaker||Frank Lehman, American Legion Commander|
|Memorial Day Address||Phil Hurst|
|Salute to the Deceased||Iowa National Guard DET 2 HHC-1-168th Inf|
|Taps||Lauren Schwarck and Matt Neiderhiser, SHS Band Members|
|Benediction||Pastor Dale Hodges, United Pentecostal Church|
New Flags to be Dedicated
|Eugene James Manwarren||Army, WWII|
|Daniel James Gibson||Army, Vietnam|
|Gale D. Johnson||Army, Korea|
|Robert B. "Slats" Snyder||U.S. Air Corp, Korea, Vietnam|
|Leonard Leon Bergeson||Army, WWII|
|Julian "Bud" Lovitt||Navy, WWII|
|Earnest "Gus" Freeburg||Army|
|Daniel H. Maxwell||Army, WWII|
|Harold B. Krile||Navy, WWII, Korea|
|Earl Stanley Norgaard||National Guard|
|Donald E. Wells||Army, Korea|
|Robert Wayne Nelson||Navy|
|Thomas W. Griffin||Army, WWII|
|Norman F. Woelber||Army|
|Donald D. Storey||Army|
|Herbert Allen Birchard||Korea|
|Marlin Keith Foote||Army, WWII|
|Bernard "Bernie" Keninger||Navy, WWII|
|Ronald Joseph Darnell||Navy|
|Robert H. "Bob" Boyd||U.S. Air Corp, WWII|
|Stanley N. Olson||Army, Korea|
|James F. Hypse||Army, 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.
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.