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Services scheduled to honor the fallen

May 25, 2018
From Gene Haukoos , Estherville News

Memorial Day festivities for 2018, the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, will begin May 25 at 6 p..m. with flags set up in Library Square and Courthouse Square. Hospital Corpsman Gene Haukoos, U.S. Navy retired, said volunteers are needed for set up and for take down Monday, May 28 at 5 p.m.

Memorial Day on Monday begins with the post home flag ceremony at 8 a.m. The honor guard has members from the Iowa National Guard, VFW Post 3388, American Legion post 91, Pastor Doug Burton and bugler Joe Sexe, a 2018 graduate of Estherville Lincoln Central High School.

Cemetery Memorial services take place at the following times and locations:

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8:20 a.m. East Side Cemetery Pastor Doug Burton

8:40 a.m. Lutheran Memorial Cemetery Pastor Doug Burton

9 a.m. Oak Hill Cemetery Pastor Doug Burton

9:20 a.m. Catholic Church Memorial Day mass with Father Schrad begins

9:20 a.m. Central Ave. Bridge, Pastor Doug Burton

9:50 a.m. Swan Lake Cemetery Pastor Doug Burton

10:30 a.m. Catholic Cemetery Honor Guard Service, Father Schrad

11 a.m. Ceremony at the National Guard Readiness Center Pastor Joseph May

Services begin at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Readiness Center, 315 S. 18th St. in Estherville. Haukoos will be Master of Ceremonies. Pastor Joseph May will provide the invocation, flag dedication, and benediction. ELC band and choir will provide patriotic music. Mr. Craig Christensen of Henry-Olson Funeral Home will read the names of those departed veterans being dedicated to the Avenue of Flags. The honor guard salute and playing of Taps will conclude the service.

All flags dedicated this year will be placed at the southwest corner of the courthouse square right after the ceremony. The Emmet County Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for viewing the 550 retired flags on display. The courthouse flag display is almost full. With the increased number of World War II and Korea veterans passing, we need to remove some flags. If you would like to 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 Gene Haukoos before Memorial Day. Once the flags are taken down for the year, it is almost impossible to retrieve the flag from storage.

On this 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, everyone is urged to attend and show their respect and gratitude for those who 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 take down the flags, return to town square at 5 p.m.



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