Plans have been finalized for three area Memorial Day celebrations.
The VFW Memorial Day Schedule begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. when they will put their big flagpoles up at Oak Hill Cemetery. The VFW will also be putting up their smaller flags in Memory Gardens and at the Catholic Cemetery.
On Monday starting at 7 a.m. their large flags will still be on display at Oak Hill Cemetery. At 9 a.m. services at Mount Calvary and services at Oak Hill will be at 11 a.m.
All flags will be taken down at 4 p.m. on Monday.
On Monday the Aurelia Memorial Day Parade will assemble at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and Fifth Street in Aurelia and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. for the march down Main Street.
Anyone that served in the armed forces is invited and encouraged to march in the parade. You don't not have to be a member of the Legion to march.
Former and present military men and women are invited. Meet at the Community Center at 9:30 a.m.
The program will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. There will be parking available at the cemetery. Please watch for a Legion member to direct your parking. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Aurelia High School gym at 10:30 a.m.
The Gettysburg Address will be read by Beckett Smith, Amber Loucks will read Flanders Field, and the response will be read by Meghan Glawe.
Pastor Missy Brown of the First United Methodist Church will give the invocation and benediction.
Speaker of this year's Memorial Day service will be Army National Guard Captain Mollie Keith, an Aurelia native.
Central Catering of Hawarden will be serving a chicken and pork chop dinner cooked on site following the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Aurelia Community Center. The cost is $8 per person.
American Legion Post #283 of Washta will be holding ceremonies at 10 a.m. at the Sunset View Cemetery in Washta and the Grand Meadow Cemetery at 11 a.m. Deb Berens will be the speaker at both locations.
No other Memorial Day activities for other area communities were submitted.