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Plans finalized for area Memorial Day Programs

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This year's Cherokee Memorial Day Program will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery just west of Cherokee. The Program will feature many guest speakers along with the Cherokee Washington High School Band. Pictured are members of the Cherokee VFW L.A. Wescott Post #2253 during last year's Program. Photo by Mike Leckband

On Monday, starting at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee the annual Memorial Day Program will be held. This year's program begins with Richard Boothby who will deliver this year's welcome. The Washington High School Band will perform the Star Spangled Banner and Pastor Ethan D. Sayler will give the Invocation.

"Come Visit My Grave," written by Jim Polfes of the VFW Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will be read by Taylor Meyerhofer.

Mark Patterson, Commander of Cherokee's VFW L.A. Wescott Post #2253 will give General Order #11.

The Gettysburg Address will be read by Jim Staver.

Caleb Claycamp will be reading "In Flander's Field" and Chad Staver will be reading "In Flander's Field," An Answer.

The WHS Band will then perform "America" and Matt Johnson, Physical Therapy Director at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, will be delivering the Memorial Day Address.

The area Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, along with leaders Barry and Nancy Nelson and Orville Saxby, will present folding of the U.S. Flag and "What it Means."

Placing of the wreaths will be the next part of the program and the WHS Band will then perform "America the Beautiful."

At this time, the Review of Flag Dedication will be held. Flags to be dedicated during this service will be in remembrance of Donald D. Jones, Darrell E. Reed, Thomas C. Andersen, Nis Laursen Jr. and Kenneth A. Patten.

After the review, the firing of salute will be done by the VFW Color Guard, followed by Bob Conley playing taps.

Volunteers are needed for flag take-down scheduled at 4 p.m.


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 who served in the Armed Forces is invited and encouraged to march in the parade. You don't have to be a member of the Legion to march.

Former and present military men and women are invited to 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 Jacob Huseman, Abigail Anderson will read Flanders Field, and the response will be read by Lexie Patton.

Pastor Missy Brown of the First United Methodist Church will give the invocation and benediction. A special flag dedication will be part of this year's ceremony.

Home Plate Catering will be serving a pork chop and chicken dinner following the service from around 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The meal will be served in the Aurelia Community Center. Cost of the meal is $9. Five years old and younger $2.

All Legion members and high school boys are invited to the Memorial Day breakfast being served from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Following the breakfast, the Avenue of Flags will be put out at the cemetery. The flags will be taken down at 4 p.m. unless there is inclement weather earlier.


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 Bagenstos will be the speaker at both locations.


Memorial Day Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Liberty Cemetery north of Meriden, and at 11 a.m. at the Meriden Cemetery. In case of rain, a joint service will be held in the Meriden Community Building. Pastor Peggy Hegeman of the Cleghorn Presbyterian Church will be in charge of the services.

No other Memorial Day activities for other area communities were submitted.

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