The agenda for Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, 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, Local pastors, and buglers from the Estherville High School. They will begin a round of ceremonies at the local cemeteries (see list) 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).
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 Glen Bohmer will provide the invocation, flag dedication and the benediction.
The of members ELC band, Varsity Choir, and the United Methodist
Church Praise Team will provide patriotic music program.
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 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 displayed there. The courthouse flag display is almost full. If you would like to have a loved one’s flag removed from the courthouse and back 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 AVE 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.
On this 142nd 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 feel their healing power. Read the names and remember their stories.
Anyone that wishes to help put the flags up show up at the V.F.W. at 7 a.m. or at the town square at 8 am. To help take down the flags return to the town square at 5 p.m.