Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day is on Monday, May 29th and many services and events are happening in northwest Iowa to honor those who have lost their lives serving our country.
The Sheldon First Reformed Church Young People will have a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at the Sheldon Christian School on Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is open for all to attend. Free will donations will be accepted and will go towards their service project. The Memorial Day Service will be in the high school auditorium on Monday at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Jacob Sandholm, who is the Youth Director at Sheldon United Methodist Church.
Boyden will be having a Memorial Day Service on Monday at the Demco Community Center at 9:30 a.m. There will be a guest speaker from the Sioux Falls Veterans Community Project, which supports every man or woman who has served in the United States Military. Any donations that are received during the service will go towards the Veterans Community Project to build tiny houses for homeless veterans. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help the Boyden Legion and Auxiliary decorate veteran graves for Memorial Day can meet at the Boyden Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 26th.
In Doon, on Monday, veterans will meet at city offices and march to the city park. There will be a flag service at the park at 9 a.m. The Memorial Day Service will be held afterward at Hillside Cemetery. The guest speaker will be Reverend John Vermeer. The Central Lyon 7-8 Band will perform music at both services. After the services, there will be coffee and donuts at the city offices. If it happens to rain, the march will be canceled but there will still be coffee and donuts.
In George, there will be a Memorial Day Service at the George-Little Rock Community School on Monday at 10 a.m. They will have a special speaker, Pastor Scott Van Ravenswaay from Bethel Reformed Church. During this service, the American Legion will present an award to one person who has been a member for 25 years. After the service people can gather at Evergreen Cemetery for a prayer for the unknown.
Hartley will hold a Memorial Day Service at Pleasant View Cemetery on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There will be a guest speaker David Honse. If weather becomes a problem this service will be held at the Community Center in Hartley. The Avenue of Flags will be put out on Saturday.
In Inwood, there will be a Memorial Day service on Monday at the Richland Cemetery at 10 a.m. with guest speaker, American Legion member, Pete Vangammeren, and singer Tracy Gayar. There will also be an Avenue of Flags displayed.
In Larchwood, there will be a Memorial Day service Monday at Larchwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. There will be a guest speaker, Veterans’ Affairs Representative, Ned Hodgson. If weather becomes an issue this service will be moved to City Hall.
Primghar will have a Memorial Day Service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. If weather becomes an issue this service will move to the Community Building in Primghar.
In Rock Rapids, there will be a Memorial Day Service at Riverside Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Aaron Van Beek, the President and CEO of Midwest Honor Flight. The Central Lyon High School Marching Band will provide music and the VFW and American Legion Axillary will give speeches. They are looking for volunteers to help with putting out the Avenue of Flags on Monday at 7 a.m.
Rock Valley will have a Memorial Day Service on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Valley View Cemetery. The service will be on the west side of the Veteran Memorial. The guest speaker will be Pastor Joe Terrell from Grace Community Church of Rock Valley.
In Sibley, there will be a Memorial Day Service at the Holman Township Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. If weather becomes an issue this service will be moved to the American Legion Building.
Sioux Center starts with a Sunday evening Service the day before Memorial Day at Central Reformed Church at 7 p.m. Then on Monday there will be a short parade to Memory Gardens Cemetery at 9 a.m. There will be a Memorial Day Service at the cemetery at 9:30 a.m. with speeches from different Veterans. Sioux Center also has a Pancake Breakfast on Monday at Children’s Park at 7 a.m.