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Memorial Day services will honor service men, women

Friday, May 25, 2012

The United States men and women who have served their country in military service will be honored through Plymouth County Memorial Day services Monday, May 28 -- with a special tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Plymouth County American Legion and V.F.W. posts will join with others in holding services in seven communities across the county.

Le Mars

The Memorial Day observance in Le Mars begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade.

The parade will line up at 9 a.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North.

At 9:30 a.m. it will proceed south to Third Street, turning east to the Plymouth County Courthouse.

No advertising or candy throwing is allowed in the Memorial Day parade.

This year 1,160 flags will be posted for the Avenue of Flags. New flags will be dedicated at Monday's ceremony.

The annual Memorial Day program by American Legion Wasmer Post #241 begins at 10 a.m., with music provided by the Le Mars Municipal Band.

Following the posting of the colors, Karter Ewing will sing the National Anthem. Post Chaplain Tom Fischer will provide the invocation.

The program includes a tribute to Staff Sgt. James A. Justice by Master Sgt. Scott Dorhout; the presentation of the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross by comrades from Troop C 1st Squadron 113th Cavalry Iowa Army National Guard; the wreath presentations by American Legion Auxiliary members; the lighting of the Flame of Remembrance and a reading of Jim Rolfes' poem, "Come Visit My Grave."

The program continues with the presentation of 50, 60 and 65-year membership certificates presented by Wasmer Post Commander Gary Konz; the reading of the Flag Roster of 1,160 names by Patrick Murphy; and the posting of new flags by families, friends and Legionnaires.

That will be followed by the rifle volley/taps provided by Wasmer Post Firing Squad and the Le Mars Municipal Band.

Dorhout's tribute to Justice continues a tradition by the Post to provide special recognition to those who have died in service to their country.

Justice volunteered for duty in Afghanistan in early 2011 to be with his unit because he loved his country and felt that is where he should be, according to a Legion press release. He was killed April 23, 2011, while on a rescue mission with fellow soldiers from the Iowa Army National Guard's Alpha Troop 1st Squadron 113th Cavalry. He died after the group came under small arms fire.

An F-16 "Sound of Freedom" flyover by the 132nd Fighter Wing of Des Moines is planned at approximately 10:18 a.m., weather permitting.

Legionnaires who will be recognized for continuous membership in the American Legion are:

65 years -- Donald Hunstad, Kenneth E. Lubben and Robert H. Roseberry.

60 years -- Bernard J. Grady, Robert C. Greear, Glenn H. Waite and Franklin J. Wilhelmi.

The honored Legionnaires will also serve as parade marshals.

The membership of Wasmer Post wants the program to focus on the basic concept of Memorial Day -- remembering veterans.

Therefore, there will be no speaker so all veterans may be recognized during the flag name reading ceremony.

The flags will be retired at 4 p.m. Monday.


The Akron City Park is the site for the Memorial Day program starting at 10:30 a.m. The annual observance is provided by American Legion Albert E. Hoschler Post #186.

Guest speaker is James Kessler of Lake Park.

Kessler currently serves as the Ninth District Commander. He has served as the Ninth District chaplain and also the department chaplain.

At least seven new flags will be dedicated during this year's ceremony.

Auxiliary members will serve a lunch after the service at the Legion Hall.

In case of rain, the program will be held in the upper level of the Legion Hall at Fourth and Reed Streets.

Volunteers are welcome to assist in placing flags at 6 a.m. Monday, and also to retire the flags at 4 p.m.


American Legion Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post #724 will conduct services at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Andrew Carlson, an Alaska native, former U.S. Navy chaplain and now pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton.

More than 140 flags will be posted on the Avenue of Flags as part of the ceremony, with several new flags dedicated again this year.

Vocalist Nicole Plueger will provide special music for the service.

A potluck meal and fellowship will follow the service. The meat, drinks and tableware will be furnished.

Anyone attending is asked to bring a salad or dessert.


Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hinton Community Center, conducted by American Legion Casper Post #477.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Steven Stoll, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton.

Music will be provided by vocalist Dick Spies, accompanied by Kathy Beck.

A cross and flag display honoring 230 deceased veterans will be outside the Hinton Community Center.

There will also be an Honoring of the Unknown Soldier and a rifle salute for deceased veterans.

A lunch will follow at the community center.


American Legion Oleson-Halweg Post #125 will hold its 44th Annual Avenue of Flags and Memorial Day program at the Veteran's Memorial site in Merrill at 10 a.m.

Guest speaker is Don Kass, a member of the PLymouth County Board of Supervisors.

Legion members will post more than 240 flags in the Avenue of Flags and will dedicate several new flags during Monday's ceremony.

A lunch will follow at the Kissinger Community Center.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Kissinger Community Center.

Remsen and Oyens

The annual Memorial Day program for Remsen and Oyens, sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be at the Remsen and Oyens Cemeteries.

There will be a 9 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen, followed by the traditional services at the memorial site at the cemetery.

Oyens' ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Oyens.

In the event of inclement weather, the Remsen program will be at the city auditorium at 10 a.m. and the Oyens program at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's School cafeteria.

Music will be presented by the Remsen-Union Band, under the direction of Craig Anderson.

Bob Gengler will serve as master of ceremonies.

Sean Russell, the son of Dr. Tim and Ebby Russell and a senior at Remsen St. Mary's High School, will read a brief essay.

Tyler Gotto, the son of Chad and Jennifer Gotto and a junior at Remsen-Union High School, will also read a brief essay.

The son of Mark and Doris Kunkel who is in the service, Evan Kunkel, will read a poem.

The Rev. Dennis Martin, representing christ Lutheran Church, will be this year's speaker.

Following the speaker will be the Avenue of Flags roll call, the wreath presentation and salute to the colors by the Legion and the V.F.W. color guard.

The program will close with the National Anthem and a prayer.

The Avenue of Flags honoring 312 veterans will be flown on the Washington Street Boulevard, Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Bavarian Meadows, St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church and the Remsen cemetery. Flags will be put up at 6 a.m. and retired at 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed Saturday at 8 a.m., Monday at 6 p.m. (weather permitting) to put up flags, and at 4 p.m. Monday to take down the flags.

Oyens will have its own Avenue of Flags with 68 veterans flags, located along the driveway at the cemetery in Oyens.


Memorial Day services at Kingsley will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Catholic Cemetery and at 10 a.m. at the City Cemetery, conducted by members of American Legion Nash Post #140.

Coffee and rolls will be served at the community center after the services at the City Cemetery.

The Avenue of Flags was put up Thursday and will be on display at the cemeteries through Tuesday, May 29.

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