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Memorial Day activities

By Staff | May 23, 2008

The agenda for Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, 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 post 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, Local pastors, and buglers from the Estherville Lincoln Central High School.

They will begin a round of ceremonies at the local cemeteries, while other 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).

Cemetery memorial services will be as follows:

n 8:20 a.m. East Side Cemetery Pastor G. Bohmer Immanuel Lutheran

n 8:40 a.m. Lutheran Cemetery – East Side Memorial Cemetery Pastor Bohmer

n 9:15 a.m. Oak Hill Cemetery Pastor Bohmer

n 9:15 a.m. Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Mass, Father B. Hughes

n 9:35 a.m. Central Avenue Bridge Pastor Bohmer

n 10:10 a.m. Catholic Cemetery, Honor Guard Service, Father B. Hughes

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. Chaplain Pastor D. Bade JR Calvary Gospel Assembly will provide the invocation, flag dedication and the benediction. The

Guest speaker will be LTCOL Heath Streck of the Iowa National Guard.

The ELC school band and varsity choir members will provide patriotic music. 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 by Alex Rosburg and Jeannine Fix.

All flags dedicated this year will be placed at the southwest corner of the courthouse (North 6 Street and 1 Avenue North) right after the ceremony. The Emmet County Court House will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for viewing the 550 retired flags.

On this the 140th 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 and feel their healing power.

Read the names and remember their stories. Anyone who wishes to help put the flags up should show up 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 6 p.m.