Local veterans to lead Memorial Day services

Thursday, May 24, 2018

14 new flags to join Avenue of Flags collection

Fourteen new flags will be dedicated to join the Avenue of Flags during Monday’s Memorial Day services. The program, following the parade from the Clay County Administration building to Riverside Cemetery on West Fourth Street, will begin at 10 a.m. This marks the 54th year the public program has been presented. In case of inclement weather, the service will be conducted at the Spencer High School field house.

Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling, retired U.S. Air Force first sergeant, will provide the Memorial Day address and serve as the grand marshal of the parade.
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The newly dedicated flags will join the large volume of other flags honoring deceased veterans in the Avenue of Flags collection — displayed during various times of the year as part of various community celebrations.

Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling, retired U.S. Air Force first sergeant, will provide the Memorial Day address and serve as the grand marshal of the parade.

Those being recognized through the flag dedication include Robert E. Foust, Navy; William “Bill” H. Brennan, Army, Korea; John F. Penn, Marine Corps/Nebraska Air Guard, Korea; Robert Dean Regennitter, Air Force; Milton Burdette Geidl, Navy, WWII; Donald F. Maschino, Army, WWII; Norman Earl Boonstra, Army, WWII and Korea; Thomas H. O’Brien, Army, Korea; Gary Brannum, Army, Vietnam; Keith David Grover, Navy, Vietnam; Robert George Speed, Army; William Harold Bartling, Army, WWII; Kenneth M. Pick, Army, Vietnam; and Jacob Allen McCreary, Iowa National Guard. Darla Sheasley, with Veterans of Foreign Wars, will perform the roll call of flags.

During the ceremony, the American Legion Riders will post the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Ceremony. Boy Scout Troop No. 123 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Spencer High School band will perform the national anthem and a musical selection.

Spencer High School students will also be involved in the program. Emma Schwarck will lead the dedication of the Avenue of Flags, Jace Wiemers will recite the orders reading and Emily Beehler will read “Flanders Field.”

Wreaths will be placed by various organizations on crosses designated for past wars and remembrances and a prayer will be offered by Mary Thunhorst, representing the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Spencer band members, Abby McAmis-Burger and Brenna Nelson, will perform taps, following a salute to the deceased by the American Legion and VFW.

Rev. Curtis Batschelet, with First Baptist Church of Spencer, will lead the invocation and benediction; and VFW Commander Frank Lehman will officiate the days events.

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