America as we know it did not come easy. In order to live in the land of the free, lives were lost.
Monday is a time to take a step back and honor those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their country.
The tradition will continue in Marshalltown and at other services throughout the area Monday to honor these brave people.
T-R PHOTO BY TAMMY R. LAWSON
Members of the VFW Honor Guard take part in a ceremony last year at Riverside Cemetery in conjunction with Memorial Day. Plenty of ceremonies will be going on throughout the area Monday as part of the holiday.
Marshalltown and the All Veterans Committee will again host three ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, at 9:30 a.m. at the nearby Center Street river bridge and at 10:30 a.m. in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
The Riverside services will feature Larry McKibben as guest speaker while Wendell Benson will speak at Rose Hill.
The rain location of these two events will be held 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Beaman - 10 a.m. Vienna Cemetery, 10:30 a.m., Oakland Cemetery, 1 p.m. Beaman Park
Eldora - 10:20 a.m. East Lawn Memorial Gardens, 10:40 a.m. Lower Bridge. 11 a.m. Eldora Cemetery
Garwin - 10 a.m Garwin Cemetery
Gladbrook - 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Township or 15 Mile Grove Cemetery, 8:20 a.m. Maple Hill Cemetery,
8:45 a.m. Badger Hill Cemetery, 9:10 a.m. Chapel Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. Union Grove Cemetery, 9:50 a.m. Union Grove Beach, 10:15 a.m. Crystal Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. Gethmann Cemetery, 11 a.m. All Veterans Memorial Park
Melbourne - 9 a.m. Maple Grove Cemetery
Liscomb - 9 a.m. worship at Bethel Grove Church, followed by walk to cemetery and speaker, 10 a.m. Liscomb Church of Christ, 11:15 a.m. Military services at Liscomb Cemetery
Marshalltown - 8:30 a.m. Riverside Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. Center Street bridge, 9:30 a.m. Iowa Veterans Home (Dack dining room) 10:30 am. Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Rhodes - 8:45 a.m. Ball Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Cemetery, 10 a.m. Eden Cemetery, 10:45 a.m. Veteran's Park
Union - 10 a.m. Union Cemetery
Vining - 11 a.m. National Cemetery
Whitten - 10:45 a.m. City Park
One local organizer feels our heroes deserve this recognition.
"I think it's very important because these veterans have given their lives for our freedoms and this is just a small way we can show appreciation for them," said Deloris Clayton of the All Veterans Committee.
The quick ceremony at the Center Street Iowa River bridge will feature the casting away of the wreath by the Navy Mothers.
The Marshalltown Municipal Band, under the direction of Meghan Schumacker, will be involved in performances at all three events.
The Iowa Veterans Home will host its program at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Dack Dining Room.
The keynote speaker will be Rep. Royd Chambers, R-Sheldon, who is an Air Force veteran and currently serves in the Iowa Air National Guard.
The IVH choir will provide special music for the occasion.
Other ceremonies will be going on in cemeteries and parks throughout the area that morning with a special one planned in Whitten at 10:45 a.m. in the city park.
Seven Whitten men who died in World War II will be honored as part of the ceremony.