Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
- Monday May 30 VFW Post 7641 will present a Memorial Day Observance, at 2 pm at the New London Veterans Memorial. Lawn chairs are encouraged.
- 7am Saturday volunteers will place name plates and flags throughout the roadway system in Winfield Scott TWP Cemetery.
- Beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26 flags are placed in Forest Home, Old City, and St. Alphonsus cemeteries under the supervision of Bob Svidal and Pat White with the assistance of the boy scouts.
- Saturday, May 28 the community is invited and encouraged to participate in raising the flags on the courthouse lawn. They will remain flying for four days and be retired Tuesday May 31 at 4pm
- Sunday, May 29 a Dean King will act as the master of ceremonies for a Memorial day service held at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School. The VFW and American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries will present the colors. Air Force veteran Pastor Michael Scudder from faith Lutheran church will deliver the invocation and benediction. The Mt. Pleasant Community High School band will play patriotic music including the national anthem. The Elementary choir will perform. The service will honor families of the 22 veteran names added to Henry County Veteran’s Memorial. The honor guard will give a three volley salute and Mt. Pleasant High School’s band
The James Harlan Thoma American Legion Post will host a service in town after taking the last two years off.
Post Members and any volunteering veterans and their families will place flags in the Oregon Township Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28.
The Memorial Day program will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the Ainsworth City Center gymnasium. It will conclude with honors being rendered at the Oregon Township Cemetery. American Legion Department of Iowa Chaplain Dan McClure will be the speaker.
Schantz-Mitchell Post #593 will set up flags at the cemetery 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28, and host a 10 a.m. service at the cemetery on Monday, with a rain location at the VFW building. Attendees are advised to bring their own lawn chairs. The event will follow with coffee and donuts at the VFW building. Flag take-down is 4 p.m. at the cemetery.
On Friday, May 27, flags and crosses will be placed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery and the Riverside Public Cemetery beginning at 6:00pm. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help.
On Sunday, May 29, the Avenue of Flags will be raised at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the Riverside Public Cemetery and the Riverside Veteran’s Memorial Park at 7 am. Volunteers from the community are welcome to help.
On Monday, May 30, Memorial Day Services will be held at 10 am at the Riverside Public Cemetery. Program includes an opening prayer by VFW Auxiliary Chaplain Bev Schneider, placing of bouquets acknowledging all wars, a Memorial Day Address by First Sergeant Robert J. Weber (Army, retired,) presentation of arms, and taps.
Sons of the Amvets Post 107, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and assisted by Cub Scout Troop 234 will host a program at the Kalona Sharon Hill Cemetery starting at 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Unknown Soldier Monument, with music by the Mid-Prairie Marching Band.
Richmond Catholic Cemetery will host a program by the same groups after the service at Sharon Hill
Leon Beatty American Legion Post 29 will raise the flag at 8 a.m. at the post office. At 8:30 a.m., the group will have a program to honor Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines on the bridge over Crooked Creek located on 250th street west of the fairgrounds, with Dale Torpey speaking.
At 10:30 a.m., the group will host its Memorial Day program at Central Park on the square with Bruce Timmins speaking. In the case of rain, this program will move to the high school gym.
Memorial Day Brunch at the Goodwin Dining Center on Monday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., dine-in, carry-out, or drive-thru
The Memorial Day service in Fairfield will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in Central Park, put on by the local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The keynote speaker will be retired Air Force Captain John Miller.
After the service, the public is invited to Evergreen Cemetery on the north side of town where a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Glasgow Cemetery will hold its Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Monday. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs since the event will be held outdoors. In case of rain, the ceremony will be canceled.
The Richland Community Club and American Legion Post #504 invite everyone to their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30 in the Richland Square beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs.