The agenda for Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, in Estherville will have many activities of interest to all.
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a workers breakfast being served at the Estherville V.F.W. Post 3388 home, followed by the post home flag ceremony at 8 a.m.
The Honor Guard, made up of members from the Iowa National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3388; American Legion Post 91, Boy Scout Troop 31, Pastor Glen Bohmer, and buglers from the Estherville Lincoln Central High School will begin a round of ceremonies at the local cemeteries while some of the workers will be setting up the National Guard Readiness Center for the Memorial Day Service. Most will be busy putting out over 400 flags that are flown on the Avenue of Flags (Library/Court House Square).
A labor of love
Julie Clark of Grandview Baptist Church Thursday night joined others in the unenviable task of locating holes for flag poles in Library Square and Courthouse Square — more than 400 total. It will all be worth it when the public views the breathtaking flag display on Memorial Day.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
8:20 a.m. East Side Cemetery
Memorial Day observances around Emmet County
The Armstrong Memorial Day program will be held at Armstrong Community Center with a flag dedication at the park at 9:30 a.m. The Armstrong Heritage Museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Ringsted Memorial Day program will be held at the American Legion/Community Center at 9 a.m. The Legion Auxiliary will serve lunch following the program.
Other Memorial Day service times and locations are:
n 9 a.m. - Swan Lake Cemetery.
n 9:30 a.m. - High Lake Cemetery.
n 10 a.m. - Wallingford Cemetery.
8:40 a.m. Lutheran & East Side Memorial Cemetery
9:15 a.m. Oak Hill Cemetery
9:15 a.m. Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Mass, Monsignor Sernett
9:35 a.m. Central Avenue Bridge
10:10 a.m. Catholic Cemetery, Honor Guard Service, Monsignor Sernett
Services will start at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Readiness Center in Estherville. Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Gene Haukoos, U.S. Navy Retired will be the Master of Ceremonies. Pastor Bohmer will provide the invocation, flag dedication and the benediction.
The members of the ELC band and the varsity choir will provide a patriotic music program. Guest speaker is U.S. Army Iowa National Guard Lt. Col. Todd Essing.
Mr. Craig Christensen of the Henry-Olson Funeral Home will read the names of those departed veterans being dedicated to the Avenue of Flags. Concluding the ceremonies will be the Honor Guard Salute and the playing of Taps.
All flags dedicated this year will be placed at the southwest corner of the courthouse (North Sixth Street and First Avenue North) right after the ceremony.
The Emmet County Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for viewing the 550 retired flags displayed there. The courthouse flag display is almost full. With the increase numbers of WWII and Korea veterans passing we need to remove all WWI and earlier flags.
If you would like to have a loved one's flag removed from the courthouse and returned to the family please contact Gene Haukoos (712-362-3698). If you have a loved one's flag that is currently being flown in the Avenue of Flags and wish to return it to the family contact Haukoos before Memorial Day. Once the flags are taken down for the year it is almost impossible to retrieve the flag.
Flags that were dedicated to the Avenue of Flags in 1993 through 1995 will be retired to the courthouse.
On this the 145th anniversary of Memorial Day, everyone is urged to attend and show their respect and gratitude for those that have served and protected your freedom through the years.
Walk among the flags to feel their healing power. Read the names and remember their stories. Anyone who wishes to help put up the flags should arrive at the V.F.W. at 7 a.m. or at the town square at 8 a.m. To help take down the flags, return to the town square at 5 p.m.