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Memorial Day in Estherville

May 22, 2019
Estherville News

The agenda for Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, will have many activities of interest to all.

The day will begin at the post home flag ceremony at 8 a.m. The Honor Guard is made up of members from the Iowa national Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3388: American Legion Post 91, Pastor Doug Burton, and bugler Allison Young from the Estherville Lincoln Central High School. They 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.

Cemetery Memorial services will be as follows:

8:00 a.m. VFW Pastor Doug Burton

8:20 a.m. East Side Cemetery, Pastor Cole McCormick

8:40 a.m. Lutheran & East Side Memorial Cemetery, Pastor Cole McCormick

Fact Box

Gene Haukoos requests volunteers to set up flags in Library and Courthouse Square Friday, May 24 and to take them down Monday, May 27, both at 5 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Oak Hill Cemetery, Pastor Cole McCormick

9:15 a.m. Catholic Church Memorial Day Mass, Father Schrad

9:20 a.m. Central Ave. Bridge, Pastor Cole McCormick

9:50 a.m. Swan Lake Cemetery, Pastor Cole McCormick

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

11:00 a.m. Ceremony at the National Guard Readiness Joe May

Services will start at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Readiness Center in Estherville. Pastor Joseph May will be the Master of Ceremonies and provide the invocation, flag dedication, and the benediction.

The members of the ELC band and varsity choir 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.

All flags dedicated this year will be placed at the southwest corner of the courthouse square 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 display. The courthouse flag display is almost full. With the increase numbers of WWII and Korea veterans passing, we need to remove some 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 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. To help take down the flags, return to the town square at 5 p.m.



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