Memorial Day programs to honor those who served


Area communities have announced plans for 2022 Memorial Day programs to honor those who have served in this country's military.

The following is a list of those programs that have been available to the Herald.

The Memorial Day program at St. Anne’s Cemetery at Dixon will be held, weather permitting, on Sunday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the cemetery one-half mile east of the Dixon Post Office. 

Those attending should plan on arriving by 2:15 p.m. so that the program may start on time and should bring lawn chairs.

The Laurel Veteran’s group will assist with the ceremony.  

In case of significant rain or high winds at the time of the ceremony, the event will be moved to St. Anne’s parish hall.

In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.

The Concord-Dixon Cemetery Association will hold its Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, May 29, at 2:30 p.m., at Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord. 

Veterans are invited as special guests and are asked to enter together at the beginning of the program. At 3:15 p.m., the Laurel Vets Post will present colors, with Taps, at the Concord Cemetery.

In Wayne, flags will be put up at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday, May 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Local Boy Scouts are planning to assist with the project and the public is welcome to join as well. 

This year's Memorial Day Program will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30 in Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. It is being organized by the Wayne Consolidated Veterans organization.

Speaking at the program will be Kevin Newman, a military veteran. Music will be provided by the Wayne Community band, under the direction of Alex Wieland.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Wayne High School gym.

In Carroll, the Memorial Day observance will take place Monday, May 30. Those involved will travel to Bethany Cemetery west of Carroll for a short program at 9:30 a.m. 

The program will take place at 10 a.m. at the Carroll City Auditorium. Speakers for this year's event will be Pete and Shelli Keiser.

Following the ceremony, attendees will travel to Elmwood Cemetery for the final portion of the program. 

The American Legion Floyd Gleason Post #131 in Allen will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at the Eastview  Cemetery.

This year's Memorial Day address will be given by Pastor William Bertrand of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Allen Consolidated School gym.

The Winside Memorial Day Program on May 30 will begin with visits to a number of cemeteries near Winside. Those taking part are asked to meet at the Winside Legion Post at 7 a.m.  The group will travel to the following cemeteries: Theophiluis, Immanuel, Swedish, Zion, Trinity Lutheran, Hoskins Community and Spring Branch before arriving at the Winside Auditorium for the 10:30 program. 

Guest speaker for the Program will be Beverly Neel, past American Legion Auxiliary President and state membership chairman for the group. She is the former secretary for State Senators Dave Bloomfield and Joni Albrecht and currently serves as the chairman for the Wayne County Republican Party.  

Following the ceremony at Pleasant View Cemetery, the Roy Reed Unit #252 American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Day Dinner at the Winside Legion Post. This is open to the public.

The Laurel American Legion Post No 54, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4504 and the Laurel-Concord-Concord School are presenting this year's Memorial Day program at the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge New Auditorium on May 30.

It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a prayer by Pastor Patrick Broz and a patriotic selection by the Marian Mallatt Singers directed by Caludia J. M. Dvorak.

This year's speaker will be Robert Koenig. 

After the program concludes at the school, attendees will move to the Laurel Cemetery. This portion of the program will include the placing of flowers by American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. Roll call of deceased members will be read by Jim Lipp.

The program will end with the playing of 'Taps' as a salute to fallen comrades.

A Memorial Day dinner will be served at the Vet's Club following the program.

In Wakefield, Anton Bokemper American Legion Post 81 will host its annual Memorial Day program at the Wakefield Cemetery on Monday, May 30 at 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend. Those in attendance are asked to bring a lawn chair.

The speaker for this year's program will be Jim Clark.

The Legion will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27 to put up flags at the cemetery. Volunteers are needed to assist with this. Also, volunteers are welcome to help remove the flags on the evening of Memorial Day at 6 p.m.


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