Memorial Day celebrations planned in several area communities
Central Iowans will have many opportunities to respect and remember the thousands of men and women who died so the living may enjoy the fruits of democracy.
On Sunday, Albion and officials with the Maple Grove Cemetery near Tama kick-off the first of many events.
On Monday, other communities ranging from Beaman to Gladbrook to Marshalltown follow.
At 10 a.m. Sunday the Marshall County community hosts its annual event in the Albion Cemetery. A shuttle will be provided to those needing accommodations. However, it is advised they come early. In case of rain, ceremony will be indoors at the Albion Presbyterian Church.
The Grundy County community will host its 137th Memorial Day observance Monday. Activities begin at 10 a.m. with the decoration of graves and program at Vienna Cemetery south of Beaman. The procession will then proceed to the Oakland Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. to decorate graves and a program.
The annual BCLUW Memorial Day Baseball Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. with four teams participating.
Dinner will be served at the Memorial Hall and the library and heritage center will be open 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The BCLUW High School Band will present a short concert at the bandshell in the park beginning at 1 p.m. The annual Memorial Day program at the park will begin at 1:15 p.m.
The day’s activities will conclude with Lion’s Bingo at the Memorial Hall at 6 p.m.
The annual Memorial Day service is 11 a.m. at the All Veterans Park.
Also scheduled is a Memorial Day Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Building, 421 Johnson St. Cost is $10 for adults and and $5 for children.
The annual service at historic Riverside Cemetery is at 8:30 a.m. Monday. U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major (retired) Steve Hyde of Marshalltown is the keynote. There will be a presentation by the joint Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion Honor Guard.
A second event is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Vietnam combat veteran Ron Estabrook is the keynote. In the event of inclement weather, the Riverside and Rose Hill events will be combined and moved to the Fisher Community Center Auditorium. Program begins at 10:30 a.m.
“Local radio stations will alert residents to the cancellations and announce change of venue to Fisher Community Center,” event coordinator Steve Storjohann, of Marshalltown said.
The annual ceremony at Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit St., in the Malloy Leisure Resource Center is at 10:30 a.m. State Rep. Steve Holt, a 20-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is the keynote. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., is set to attend and be joined by other local and area elected officials.
The Harry E. Powers Post #87 and residents will celebrate Memorial Day with a 10 a.m. program at the Liscomb Church of Christ. Commander Norval Mosher will preside, with Laine Rittgers as Sergeant at Arms. Patriotic music will be provided by Kristy Case Rittgers; Ron Galloway, Phil Gould and Ralph Norman; and Leah Mosher. Ralph Norman, minister of the Liscomb Church of Christ, will deliver the message. Ellie Sheets will read “In Flanders Fields.” Terry McCrary will present a patriotic reading. Roll call of deceased veterans will be read by Don Fiscus and Bob Bonzer. Military services, coordinated by Steve Sheets, will follow at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the Liscomb Cemetery. The BCLUW Band, under the direction of David Bartling, will perform at the cemetery. The public is invited.
Maple Grove Cemetery near Tama
A service begins at 2:30 p.m. Event organizers told the T-R weather will impact other activities there.
At 9:30 a.m. there will be a presentation at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, at 10 a.m. at Eden Cemetery and 10:30 a.m. at the Tank on Main Street.
All information current as of May 24 and was either submitted to the T-R, or obtained from social media and local newspapers. Weather may impact ceremonies.