HARTINGTON — Area residents have several special events this year to celebrate Memorial Day.
In preparation for the big event, volunteers will hang approximately 200 flags Saturday around the Cedar County Courthouse honoring area veterans. Volunteers are asked to help place the flags at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Memorial Day services will be held a all area cemeteries and the Courthouse complete with honor guard and a 21- gun salute. Names of all soldiers buried at each cemetery will be read aloud during the ceremonies.
Cedar Catholic High School’s Parker Albers will play Taps.
The activities will begin Monday at the Paragon Cemetery, at 7 a.m.
The next ceremony is at the Fordyce Cemetery, at 9 a.m., with Father Jim Keiter.
The memorial at the Courthouse will be held at 10 a.m., to include Dr. Connie Micek placing a large wreath at the Courthouse monument in honor of a fallen soldier.
The Hartington City Cemetery services begin at 10:30 a.m.
Services will then be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery, at 11 a.m.
Wynot American Legion Post 31 will have ceremonies at Menominee at 8:30 a.m., and at the St. Helena Chapel at 9 a.m. The group will then move to the St Helena Public Cemetery at 9:25 a.m., and the Bow Valley Cemetery at 10 a.m
Activities resume at the Wynot Public Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., and at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wynot, at 10:45 a.m. The final two ceremonies of the day are at St. James, 11 a.m., and at Obert, 11:30 a.m.
Cedar County has 10 different veteran’s posts and plans are to put each post’s flag at the Courthouse for the weekend to represent all of the veterans who have served.
The Wynot VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host a luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
With so many graves to service and flags to hang, the VFW is hoping to have many volunteers to help both Saturday and Monday.
Coleridge Legion and Auxiliary members are to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Coleridge Community Building to raise the flags for the Avenue of Flags.
Following this, poppy crosses will be placed on all military graves at the Coleridge cemeteries. Anyone can assist in these activities.
Memorial Day services are on Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at the Coleridge Area Memorial Plaza. The annual Memorial Day dinner hosted by the Coleridge American Legion and Auxiliary will be held at the Community Building, Monday, May 31, with serving starting at 11:30 a.m.
Flags will be taken down on Monday, May 31 at 4 p.m.
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