Memorial Day programs slated in regionWORTHINGTON — A Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park. Wreaths will be cast into Lake Okabena from the air by the Civil Air Patrol and by boat by Rob Melton. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard and Firing Squad will salute the dead and sound taps.
WORTHINGTON — A Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park. Wreaths will be cast into Lake Okabena from the air by the Civil Air Patrol and by boat by Rob Melton. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard and Firing Squad will salute the dead and sound taps.
Mistress of ceremonies will be Linda Neugebauer. Speaker will be Terrie Gulden. Music will be provided by the “Amazing” Worthington City Band under the direction of Jon Loy. Readings will be presented by Isaac Wass, Jeremy Clark and Kayli Kuhl. The Rev. Ryan Radtke will offer the invocation and benediction.
Prior to the program in the park, members of the Worthington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard will conduct services in the local cemeteries and at Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park: 8:30 a.m., Garden of Memories; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10 a.m., Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park. The public is invited to participate in these services.
Other Memorial Day events in the area include:
ADRIAN: Military services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Adrian Cemetery and 10 a.m. at St. Adrian Cemetery. Coffee and bars will be served following the services in the St. Adrian Education Building.
AVOCA: There will be a Memorial Day Day service at 10:30 a.m. at the Avoca Community Hall, hosted by the Donald E. Ewy Post 576. Guest speakers will be Honor Flight attendees. Lunch will be served in the Avoca Legion Hall following the service.
ASHTON, Iowa: There will be a Memorial Day service at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Ashton Legion and Community Center; lunch to follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
BREWSTER: A Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Brewster American Legion Hall. Jackson County Veterans Service Officer Jeff Johnson will be the speaker. A short service will follow in Brewster City Park. Coffee and rolls will be served in the Legion hall after the service.
CHANDLER: There will be a Memorial Day program at 9:15 a.m. at the Chandler Community Center, hosted by the Chandler American Legion and Auxiliary.
DELAFIELD TOWNSHIP, Jackson County: A Memorial Day service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Delafield Town Hall. Lunch will follow the service.
DUNDEE: American Legion members will conduct a military service at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Kinbrae Cemetery. Coffee and rolls will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Dundee, with the Memorial Day program beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Margaret Yackel-Juleen will be the speaker. Graveside services will follow the program at St. Mary’s Catholic and First Lutheran cemeteries.
ELLSWORTH: A Memorial Day service sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Ellsworth School gym. Speaker will be Adam Van Der Stoep.
FULDA: The Fulda Memorial Day program will begin at 9:45 a.m. Monday at Fulda High School. Speaker will be Rep. Doug Magnus, a Vietnam War veteran. Parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Fulda Elementary School. The parade will proceed to Fulda lake for services and then back to the high school for the program. Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion members and color guards will then conduct military services at Prairie Hill Cemetery and St. Gabriel Cemetery. Immediately following the program, lunch will be served in the high school cafeteria.
HARDWICK: Arthur Moeller Post and Auxiliary 478 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hardwick Area Veterans Memorial. Speaker will be the Rev. Mumme. Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.
HOLLAND: The Holland Area Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. at Holland Park. A light lunch will be served prior to the dedication, from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., in the park shelter.
HARRIS, Iowa: Lake Park American Legion Post 371 and others will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday in the Harris-Lake Park Community School Auditorium. Speaker will be Staff Sgt. Corey Diischer.
HERON LAKE: Herbert K Kellam Post 224 will conduct military services at 8 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Cemetery and 8:15 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery. The Memorial Day program begins at 9 a.m. at Heron Lake Community Center. Speaker will be the Rev. Mark Yackel-Juleen. Mahlon Iverson will also share his Honor Flight experiences. Music will be provided by Southwest Star Concept Band.
JACKSON: A Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday near city hall and end on the State Street bridge near Ashley Park. A program and wreath ceremony will take place at the bridge at 9:30 a.m. Speaker will be Sgt. Maj. Curtis Jasper, a Jackson native and Iraq war veteran. Music will be provided by the Jackson County Central Band. A service will follow at Sunset Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at 9:30 a.m. at the National Guard Armory.
JASPER: A Memorial Day service will be at 10 a.m. at Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church. A Quarry Lions luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
JEFFERS: American Legion Post 401 will have a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Jeffers Elementary School. A military service will follow in Jeffers City Cemetery. Potluck lunch will be at the Legion hall.
LAKEFIELD: American Legion Post 4 is in charge of the military service set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lakefield Cemetery. Music will be provided by the Jackson County Central Band. There will be a speaker. A potluck dinner will be at noon at the American Legion hall.
LAKE WILSON/WOODSTOCK: American Legion Herbert Holtke Post 285 will conduct services at the following cemeteries: 9 a.m., Ellsborough Lutheran, 7½ miles north of Lake Wilson; 9:15 a.m. at Lutheran Cemetery, 4 miles north of Lake Wilson; 9:45 a.m., Woodstock Catholic Cemetery; 10 a.m., Woodstock Cemetery; 10:30 a.m., Hillside Cemetery, Lake Wilson. The Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. at Lake Wilson American Legion hall. Sen. Jim Vickerman will give the address.
LISMORE: The Lismore American Legion and Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the post home. After the program, military services will be conducted at three cemeteries: St. Anthony, St. Anthony West and Lismore Cemetery. A community potluck will follow the services at the Legion hall.
LUVERNE: Dell Hogan American Legion and Rock County Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne, and 11:15 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Cemetery. A potluck dinner will be at noon at the post home in Luverne. The Rock County Veterans Memorial will host a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Rock County Veterans Memorial. From 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday there will be a grand opening and reception at the Herreid Military Museum’s new World War I exhibit.
MELVIN, Iowa: American Legion Post 470 will host a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Baker Cemetery. Speakers will be the veterans who went on Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.: Robert Benz, Kenneth Harthoorn, Duane Lyman and Steven Wachtel.
MOUNTAIN LAKE: A Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Mountain Lake City Park. Speaker will be Krisi Koelpin of New Ulm, the winner of the second district and state oratorical contests.
OKABENA: American Legion Post 608 and Auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day services Monday: 8:30 a.m., Grace Lutheran Cemetery; 8:50 a.m., Old Rost Cemetery; 9:15 a.m., St. Paul’s Cemetery; and 9:40 a.m., St. John’s Cemetery. A program will be at 10 a.m. at the Okabena Legion Hall. Speaker will be Alan Peterson of the Marshall sector of the Patriot Guard Riders. Music will be presented by the Southwest Star Concept Band and Okabena Legion and Auxiliary Chorus.
PIPESTONE: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Woodlawn Cemetery. Speaker will be Maurice Bickford. Music will be provided by Pipestone Area High School Band. The Memorial Day observance will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Pipestone National Monument. “Taps” will be played by Lexie Kruse.
ROUND LAKE: Round Lake American Legion Post 461 and Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Round Lake School auditorium. Speaker will be Lt. Cmdr. Bradley “BJ” Garms, a 1995 graduate of Round Lake High School who is currently a pilot in the U.S. Navy stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Base, Lemoore, Calif. Girls and Boys Staters Jacquelynn Ling, Benjamin Postma, Matthew Bah and Timothy Kennedy will present patriotic readings. Music will be provided by Ally Cross, Michaela McDaniel, Jacquelynn Ling and Olivia Stanton. A service will follow at the Round Lake Cemetery.
SLAYTON: The Slayton VFW and American Legion and auxiliaries will host a Memorial Day program at 10:45 a.m. at MCC High School Gym, with musical selections by the Slayton Community Band and the MCC Chamber Choir. Military services will be conducted at Memorial Gardens at 9 a.m., the Hadley Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., the St. Ann’s Cemetery at 10 a.m. and the North Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. A wreath will be put in the river at 10:10 a.m.
STORDEN: The Rev. Sarah Butler will be the speaker for a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Storden Civic Center. Music will be provided by a Red Rock Central ensemble and Elizabeth Johnson. A potluck dinner will follow at the Legion hall.
SIBLEY, Iowa: American Legion Post 324 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7373 will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Holmen Township Cemetery. Speaker is the Rev. Douglas Harding. Rain site is the Sibley American Legion building.
SIOUX VALLEY: Sioux Valley American Legion Post 614 will conduct a military service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sioux Valley Cemetery. A program will be at 11:15 a.m. at Sioux Valley Lutheran High School. Speaker will be U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Darcy Morse. A potluck will follow.
WESTBROOK: Iraq war veteran Paul Voserberg will speak at the Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School gym. Military services will be at 9 a.m. at Rosehill Cemetery, 9:15 a.m. at the Mennonite Cemetery and following the program at the Westbrook Cemetery.
WILMONT: Wilmont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2603 will host Memorial Day services Monday: 8 a.m. at the Reading Cemetery, one mile east of Reading; 9:15 a.m. at the St. Kilian Cemetery; and 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Wilmont. Lunch will follow at the post home. Speaker will be a VFW member. In case of inclement weather, all services will be at 10 a.m. at the post home.
WINDOM: American Legion Post 206 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Windom Community Center. Speaker will be Aubrey Fillbrandt, former Windom Elementary School principal who now lives in Brainerd. Fillbrandt served with the National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. A brief ceremony will follow the program at Lakeview Cemetery, Windom.