May 25, 2018 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 28th.

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 and events in northwest Iowa.


George’s Memorial Day activities include the posting of the Avenue Of Flags, which will take place at 7:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to volunteer.

The Bridge Service will be at 9:15 a.m., with the service at the Veterans’ Memorial to start at 9:30. The main Memorial Day service in George is at 10:00 a.m. at the George/Little Rock High School auditorium. Fifty-year certificates will be presented to Dennis Hansmann, Jerry Hickman, Harris Kaster, and posthumously to Delton Patton, who passed away in February. Paster John Pea from Ebeneezer and Zoar Presbyterian will have the message, with music provided by George/Little Rock students. From there, they’ll process from to the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, for a short service and then to the Good Samaritan Home.

Little Rock:

Little Rock’s Memorial Day observance will be at the Little Rock school at 10 a.m. The prayer and address will be by Pastor Scott Burdsall of the First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. Merlin Ver Steeg will read the names of the graves being decorated. A service at the Pleasant View Cemetery will follow. After that, everyone is invited to the Town & Country Building for refreshments.

Rock Rapids:

In Rock Rapids, veterans and volunteers are asked to assemble at Riverview Cemetary at 6 p.m. on Friday night, May 25th to put flags on graves. The big flags, each honoring the memory of a veteran will be placed in the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day morning at 7 a.m., and they could use your help for that as well.

The Memorial Day Ceremony in Rock Rapids will be at Riverview Cemetery, starting at 10 a.m. Rex Strait Post 103 American Legion and Van Anne-Fields VFW post 6960 prayers will be prayed. The speaker will be Iowa Senate candidate Zach Whiting. Payton Vogel will read about the Star Spangled Banner and will do the Gettysburg Address. There will be a Salute To The Dead and taps will be played. They will then go to the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery for another Salute To The Dead, and Taps will be played. The cemetery services will be held at Forster Community Center if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Cookies and coffee will be served at the VFW Club after the ceremonies.

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