Area Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day Observance in Waukon


• Traditional Memorial Day Observance Program begins at 10 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery (at Waukon Banquet Center in the event of rain):

• Invocation - Fr. Mark Osterhaus, St. Patrick Catholic Church
• National Anthem - Waukon High School Band, sung by Maddie Ellingson and Jasmyn Enyart
• Pledge of Allegiance - Children volunteers
• Band Selection - Waukon High School Band
• Memorial Wreath Laying - Lane Rich and Bernice Thies
• POW/MIA Recognition - Moment of Silence
• Introduction of Mrs. Poppy - Lisa Hagen
• Introduction of Miss Poppy - Katherine and Hannah Hagen
• God Bless America - Waukon High School Band
• Quilts of Valor Presentation
• Gettysburg Address - Memphis Miller
• Band Selection - Waukon High School Band
• FEATURED SPEAKER Sean Liddiard, Voice of Democracy Student Essay National Finalist
• Rifle Salute - Veterans Rifle Squad Honor Guard commanded by John Regan, Jr.
• Taps - Jean Schon, SSgt. U.S. Army, Retired
• Announcements and Closing Remarks
• Benediction - Fr. Mark Osterhaus, St. Patrick Catholic Church
• Master of Ceremonies: Charles "Chuck" Bloxham, U.S. Navy Veteran
• Honor Guard: VFW Post 4117, American Legion Post 62 andDisabled American Veterans Chapter 8

Lansing Area Memorial Day Observance


7:30 a.m. Legion and VFW Cemetery service

8:15 a.m. Legion and VFW Cemetery service

8:30 a.m. Flag raising by Legion and VFW

9 a.m. Flag raising by Legion and VFW

10 a.m. Navy Remembrance - Firing Squad

10:15 a.m. All active, reserve and former servicemen and women are invited to participate in the parade forming at the corner of Main and Front Streets at the Lansing Fire Station

11 a.m. The following Memorial Day program will be held immediately upon arrival of the parade at Oak Hill Cemetery
Opening Remarks - Mayor Mike Brennan
Music Selections - Kee High School Band
Invocation - Rev. Sedar Shako Wembonyama
Gettysburg Address - Ian Sickles
"In Flanders Field" - Amanda Fahey
In God We Trust - Rick Welsh
Memorial Day Address - Mark Fore
Firing Squad - Legion and VFW
TAPS - Brock Flack and Jade Peterson
Benediction - Rev. Sedar Shako Wembonyama
If raining, program will be held at Kee High School at 11 a.m.

Flags at Lansing Cemeteries: Allen Stahl; Flags on Mt. Hosmer: Dick Roeder; Wexford Cemetery: Ray Wagner

New Albin Memorial Day Observance

MONDAY, MAY 28 - 9 A.M.

Invocation - Rev. Sedar Shako Wembonyama
Welcome and Introduction - VFW CDR Ralph Nelson
“Star Spangled Banner” - Kee Middle School Band
Introduction to Gettysburg Address - Gary Thomas
Gettysburg Address - Annika Stahl
“You’re a Grand Old Flag” - Kee Middle School Band
“America the Beautiful” - Kee Middle School Band
Introduction of Speaker - VFW CDR Ralph Nelson
Memorial Day Address - Devoine Meiners, U.S. Navy Veteran
Roll Call of KIA - Leland Moore
Presentation of Quilts (NEIA Quilters) - John Colsch
Benediction - Rev. Sedar Shako Wembonyama
Announcements/Dismissal - VFW CDR Ralph Nelson
Volley and TAPS - Veterans Memorial at City Park
Volley and TAPS - St. Joseph’s Cemetery

Harpers Ferry/Waterville Memorial Day Observance

The annual Harpers Ferry/Waterville Memorial Day Parade and Program are set for Monday, May 28, with American Legion Scenic Post #722 hosting the event in Harpers Ferry. Legion and Auxiliary members will conduct services at area cemeteries again this year, according to the following schedule: Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery, 7:15 a.m.; Waterville, 7:45 a.m.; Cherry Mound, 8 a.m.; Paint Rock, 8:15 a.m.; Cota Creek Bridge, 8:30 a.m.; and Harpers Ferry Sandy Point Cemetery, 8:40 a.m.

Memorial Day Mass will be held at St. Ann-St. Joseph Church in Harpers Ferry, with everyone welcome to attend at 9 a.m. The parade will begin after the service, approximately 10 a.m. Transportation will be provided for those unable to march.

The starting point of the parade will be at the church and it will proceed to the Veterans Memorial, where the Memorial Day Program will be conducted. The Waukon Middle School Band will provide patriotic music for the event. Post #722 will present the colors and give the gun salute, the Legion Auxiliary will place wreaths and Taps will be played. For more information or to enter a float in the parade, contact Parade Chairperson Bonnie Jones at 563-535-7429.

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