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Memorial Day services planned this weekend

May 21, 2014

Several area communities, including Lockridge, Richland and others, are planning Memorial Day observances this weekend.

 

BIRMINGHAM

The Birmingham American Legion, Haney-Brannon Post No. 181, will have a Memorial Day service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in City Park.

 

DOUDS

The Memorial Day observance Monday in Douds includes a flag-burning ceremony, a supper and a wreath-laying ceremony.

The flag burning ceremony is planned at 5 p.m. across from the Douds Community Building. Anyone with an old or tattered flag can bring it for proper disposal.

A cooperative supper is planned at 6 p.m. in the Douds Community Building, followed by a program and guest speaker at 7 p.m.

At the conclusion of the program, the group will make its way to the bridge. A wreath will be placed in the Des Moines River, and the American Legion’s honor guard will fire a 21-gun salute to honor those who have died.

 

GLASGOW CEMETERY

The annual Glasgow Memorial day service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Glasgow Cemetery.

The guest speaker will be Capt. Randall Stanford of the 224th Engineer Battalion of the Iowa Army National Guard.

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

 

KEOSAUQUA

The Keosauqua Memorial Day service is set for 10 a.m. Monday in City Park.

The American Legion Beer-Barker Post 113 will lead the service.

 

LAMBIRTH CEMETERY

A Memorial Day program will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lambirth Cemetery near the Jefferson/Henry County Line Road.

The Rev. Aaron Helterbran will be the guest speaker.

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

 

LOCKRIDGE

Lockridge will have its annual Memorial Day celebration Saturday morning.

Residents and guests will gather at 7:45 a.m. at the Lockridge Community Center to march to the cemetery, where, at 8 a.m., the flag will be raised and the national anthem will be sung. A rifle team will fire a volley of rounds, and “Taps” will be played.

Those present can return to the community center for fellowship, with coffee, tea, juice and pastries.

Then at 8:45 a.m., updates for the local veterans memorial will be announced, POW and MIA

recognition will be given, followed by a moment of silence. The program will be “Remembrance,” and a Circle of Flags will be posted.

For information, contact Paul Corbin at 319-931-3793.

 

MILTON

A Memorial Day dinner is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Milton American Legion Hall.

The menu includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad, rolls, desserts and drinks.

 

OLLIE

The annual Memorial Day service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rock Creek Church southwest of Ollie.

The Rev. Danny Cary will be speaking.

Everyone is welcome.

 

RICHLAND

Richland’s Memorial Day service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Central Park, with keynote speaker Dennis D. Phelps, Pekin Community School District superintendent.

Before becoming Pekin’s superintendent, Phelps was superintendent of the Harmony Community School District. He graduated from Montezuma High School in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973, a master’s degree from Iowa State University in 2003, followed by a specialist degree from Drake University in 2010.

Phelps and his wife Jan live in a rural area near Parnell. They have three sons: Jarrod and Brandon, who are Loras College graduates, and Travis, a University of Iowa graduate.

Richland’s ceremony will include the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” presented by the Pekin school chorus, and two patriotic readings by Pekin students Kyle Miller and J.D. Hollingsworth.

American Legion Post No. 504 will post the colors, and provide a firing squad. J.D. Hollingsworth will play “Taps”.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

In case of rain, the ceremony will move to the fellowship hall of Richland United Methodist Church.

Volunteers also are being sought to help put up and take down the flags in Richland’s Central Park. The flags will go up at 7 a.m. and be taken down at 4 p.m.

 

STOCKPORT

Stockport’s Avenue of Flags will be flying, weather permitting, Monday along Main Street.

Volunteers are needed to help raise and lower the flags. Volunteers should meet in front of Stockport City Hall at 7 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.

“This is a beautiful sight to behold when all the flags are flying,” said Stockport Public Library director Beverly Runyon. “So many people come to Stockport to see the flags fly and to take pictures of them.”

The town’s Avenue of Flags flies four times a year on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

 

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