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Members of the Richmond AmVets Post No. 107 will be visiting four local cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 28. They will be at the Sharon Hills Cemetery, Richmond, at 10:15 a.m.; Holy Trinity Catholic Church Cemetery, Richmond, at 11 a.m.; and immediately following that at the Richmond Public Cemetery.
Members of the Lone Tree American Legion, Post No. 457, will be putting up the Avenue of Flags in the Lone Tree Cemetery on Saturday, May 26 at 6 a.m. The Legion is inviting all in the community to help with this annual event.
Following the flag-raising, volunteers are invited to have a breakfast hosted by the Lone Tree American Legion Auxiliary. The flags will be taken down on Monday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help with this project.
The Lone Tree American Legion honor guard will be traveling to several area cemeteries on Memorial Day to honor veterans of all our nation’s wars.
Swank Cemetery is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. followed by River Junction Cemetery at 8 a.m. The guard will travel to the Iowa River Bridge area at Hills for an 8:30 a.m. service to honor Navy veterans. The next stop will be at the Nichols Cemetery, located east of Nichols, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a service at the Catholic Cemetery west of Nichols at 9:45 a.m. The guard will return to Lone Tree for the annual memorial service at the Lone Tree Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
Sydney Alt, a 2018 graduate of Lone Tree, will be delivering this year’s memorial address. Her parents, Bill and Sheila Alt, are both active in the Legion. Sydney is a member of the FreLincs 4-H Club, the Johnson County Youth Council, the Lone Tree school’s Student Leadership Team, and the National Honor Society among many other activities. She will be attending Simpson College in the fall.
Following the service at Lone Tree, the public is invited to the Legion Post for refreshments and time to visit with friends and family.
Members of the Wellman American Legion, Post No. 427, will be holding a Memorial Day service beginning at 9 a.m. It will begin with a welcome, an invocation, and the Lord’s Prayer delivered by the chaplain of Post No. 427, followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner” played by the Mid-Prairie Band and directed by David Kunz, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the decoration of the cenotaph by the Wellman American Legion Auxiliary.
The memorial address and “Post Everlasting” will be delivered by post Cmdr. Charles Singleman, followed by Post No. 427’s honor guard salute to the deceased. The program will end with a recitation of the poem “The Unknown Soldier” and the benediction delivered by the chaplain of Post No. 427.
On Wed., May 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Riverside VFW Post No. 6414 will be placing flags and crosses at the graves of veterans who are laid to rest at St Vincent and St. Stanislaus cemeteries. On Fri., May 25, flags and crosses will be placed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery and the Riverside Public Cemetery beginning at 6 p.m.
The Avenue of Flags will be raised at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Riverside Public Cemetery and the Riverside Veterans Memorial Park on Sun., May 27, at 7 a.m.
Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Public Cemetery on Monday, May 28. The order of the program will be “America the Beautiful” sung by Linda Krotz, followed by the opening prayer recited by Bev Schneider, VFW Auxiliary chaplain, followed by the placing of bouquets acknowledging all wars by Riverside Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The Memorial Day address will be given by Nathan Butler, Highland Community High School senior, VFW Post No. 6414, and VFW first district winner of the “Voice of Democracy” essay contest. The program will end with the “Star-Spangled Banner” sung by Linda Krotz, the Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation of arms, and “Taps.”
Memorial Day services will continue with the VFW Post No. 6414 honor guard and VFW Auxiliary color-bearers traveling on to St. Vincent’s Cemetery at approximately 10:30 a.m. and St. Stanislaus Cemetery at approximately 11 a.m. with the presentation of arms. The last stop will be at the English River Bridge south of Riverside at approximately 11:30 a.m. to honor those lost at sea.
The VFW honor guard and VFW Auxiliary color-bearers will return to the VFW Post No. 6414, where a luncheon will be served by the VFW Auxiliary to honor all veterans at noon. All veterans and their guests are invited to attend.
The flags will be taken down on Monday, May 28 at 5 p.m.
In case of rain the Memorial Day services will be held at the VFW Post 6414, 1259 Riverside Road, Riverside.