All Aurelia American Legion members and high school boys are invited to attend a Memorial Day breakfast at the Community Center from 6 - 7 a.m. on Monday. Following the breakfast, the veterans will put up the Avenue of Flags at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Take down time will be 4 p.m., unless inclement weather develops at an earlier time.
Former and current members of the military are invited and encouraged to march in the Memorial Day parade, and the group will meet at the Aurelia Community Center at 9:30 a.m. to assemble. Parade participants for the march down Main Street will assemble at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and 5th Streets, and the parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
The Memorial Day program will be held at 10:30 a.m at Pleasant Hill Cemetery . Pastor Larry Lemke of St. Paul Lutheran Church will give the invocation and benediction; Kate Carlson will read the Gettysburg Address; and Lexy Tuttle will read "Flanders Field," with the response given by Kira Mongan. This year's speaker will be Aurelia resident Ed Johnson, a 20-year Navy veteran.
Following the ceremony, Home Plate Catering will be serving a chicken and pork chop dinner at the Aurelia Community Center, with serving to begin at 11:15 a.m. Cost of the meal is $8 per person.
If it rains Monday morning, the 10:30 program will be held in the Aurelia gym.
Post 283 of the American Legion will be holding Memorial Day services on Monday at 10 a.m. at Sunset View Cemetery in Washta and at 11 a.m. at the Grand Meadow Cemetery.
Memorial Day services will also be held by the Quimby Lyle W. Barnes Legion at Silver Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., Grandview Cemetery in Quimby at 10 a.m., and Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in rural Marcus at 10:45 a.m.
Memorial Day services will also be held at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Cemetry north of Meriden, and at 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery at Meriden. In case of rain a joint service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Meriden Community Building.
Pastor Clint Hogrefe of the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church will be in charge.
There will be several Memorial Day programs in Marcus on Monday. Beginning with the Marcus American Legion Goodwin #517 program at Amherst Cemetery in Marcus at 9:30 a.m. Program speaker will be Gary McDonough and the Marcus Boy Scouts Troop #113, along with the American Legion Honor Guard will be present and Taps will be played by Alison Brady.
The Legion will then go to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery were Pastor Donald Meyer will be the speaker.
The third Memorial Day program will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday in the Marcus Community Center.
Brig. Gen. John W. Nicholson (ret.) will deliver an address to highlight this Memorial Day program in Marcus, which will pay tribute to Korean War veteran Leonard "Smokey" Schnoes.
Schnoes, who passed away in 1995, started the display of veterans' burial flags at the Marcus cemetery in 1975. The display has now grown to nearly 200 flags, which will be flown this Memorial Day.
Wayne Brincks, representing Congressman Steve King, will present a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital to Smokey's family. Other highlights of the program include the National Anthem, sung by Emily Bush, a recent graduate of MMC High School, and a rendition of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" by Blake Burroughs of Cherokee.
Troop 113, Marcus area Boy Scouts will again be present to post the colors and the Marcus Girl Scouts will lead everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pack 113 Cub Scouts will serve as ushers.
The program will conclude with "Echo Taps," performed by buglers Gerald Pallesen and June Pallesen of Bugles Across America.