Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States, and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May.
In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services in Northwest Iowa.
In Sheldon, the Memorial Day ceremony was to be at City Park, but has now been moved to Sheldon High School due to impending weather. It will start at 10 AM. But beforehand, there will be a Memorial Day breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and sausage served by the Young People of the Sheldon First Christian Reformed Church from 6:30 to 10:00 AM. Free will donations will be accepted.
In Boyden, poppies will be available at the joint Memorial Day Service at the Demco Center before the service begins at 9:30 AM. The speaker will be the National Legion Chaplin, Dr. Dan McClure from Washington, Iowa. The donations collected for the poppies will be used for area veterans in need.
The Sibley Memorial Day Ceremony will be at 11 AM at Holman Township Cemetery.
In Orange City, those who wish to pay tribute to the fallen will gather at 9:30 AM at West Lawn Cemetery.
In Sioux Center, the observance will start on Sunday night with a community service at 7 PM at the Sioux Center First Reformed Church. On Memorial Day, the parade will start at the Sioux Center Public Library at 9:15 AM, and will proceed toward the cemetery, where the ceremony will take place following the parade.
In Rock Rapids the public, and veterans from Van Anne-Fields VFW post 6960 and Rex Strait post 103 American Legion and their auxiliaries will meet at the Riverview Cemetery for a 10 AM ceremony on Memorial Day.
Due to the forecast the Jack Sauter Post 404 of George will not be putting the flags up at the cemetery.