Fairfield respects Memorial Day
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Radosevich of the 109th Medical Battalion of the Iowa Army National Guard based in Iowa City will be the featured speaker at this year’s Memorial Day service Monday morning in Central Park.
The 34th Army Band of the Iowa Army National Guard will form in Howard Park at 9:30 a.m. to march down Court Street and into Central Park on the east side of the bandstand.
The band will be under the direction of its first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Brent Krumboltz, and its drum major, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Patpaducas, in the absence of its commander, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kent Wesselink.
The band is set to perform until the 10 a.m. welcome by Jim Kennedy of Dimmitt Vorhies VFW Post 2271.
The ceremony will include Fairfield High School junior All-State speaker Coren Hucke reading Logan’s General Orders and FHS senior Josiah Wilbur reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Soloist Jan Hunerdosse of Fairfield will sing “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” accompanied by the 34th Army Band.
The ceremony also will include an invocation and benediction given by the Rev. Jeff Ide, pastor of Jesus Name Apostolic Church of Brighton.
At the conclusion of the program in Central Park, a procession to the wreath-laying ceremony at the Jefferson County Veteran’s Monument on the courthouse lawn will form on the west side of the square and head north on Main Street.
Organizer Amanda Northup said patriotic organizations, including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, are to fall in the procession after the 34th Army Band, and all other participants can fall in line after the scouts.
A 10-15 Transit bus will be available to transport handicapped and senior citizens to and from the monument.
At the veterans’ monument, the band will play “Nearer My God To Thee” and “Rock of Ages.” Ide will give an invocation, and representatives of patriotic organizations will lay wreaths at the monument, and a 34th Army Band bugler will play “Taps.”
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved from Central Park to the Fairfield National Guard Armory. Northup said a decision to move should be announced between 7-8 a.m.
Those attending the ceremony are reminded a few benches are available in Central Park, but those who want guaranteed seats should bring lawn chairs.
Volunteers are needed to help post and later retire the Avenue of Flags in Central Park Monday, weather permitting.
VFW officials said volunteers should be at the VFW before 7 a.m. Monday to help put up the flags.
A free breakfast will be served to the volunteers.
Volunteers should meet again at 4 p.m. to take down the flags and return them to the VFW, although, if weather is threatening, the flags could be taken down earlier.
The listing of deceased servicemen and servicewomen, whose families and friends have contributed to the Avenue of Flags in their memory, is published in The Ledger today.
Those who would like to contribute to the Avenue of Flags should contact the VFW at 472-9282.