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Area round up of Memorial Day services

There will be no shortage of remembrance services honoring county veterans Monday, as multiple groups have planned Memorial Day services.


Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery with Jim Pohlman, pastor of Peabody Christian Church, conducting ceremonies and benediction.

Peabody Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will participate in services, and members of Peabody-Burns High School band will perform patriotic music.

Afterward will be dedication of the new Veterans Memorial. Peabody-Burns sophomore class will serve a meal at Brown Gymnasium.


Services will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Marion Cemetery with a reading of the names of deceased veterans of Marion County and singing of the national anthem. Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary also will decorate the memorial in honor of the dead.

By 10 p.m., an honor guard will assemble at the Civil War monument.

Post commander Richard Soyez will speak.

“I’m a simple man but I believe it is important for us to honor our lost friends and family,” Soyez said.

The honor guard will present military honors in memory of departed comrades, and a trumpet trio will play “Taps” following the third volley of the honor guard.

Marion Kiwanis Club will serve coffee and refreshments in the Marion Elementary School multipurpose room after the service.

Volunteers are being asked asked to meet at 5 p.m. Friday at the cemetery to put out gravesite flags, then again at 7 p.m. Sunday to erect the Avenue of Flags, and again at 4 p.m. Memorial Day to remove flags.


Memorial Day services will commence at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park during which Mayor Delores Dalke will speak and Rod Koons will sing.

“We’re going to have the honor guard salute and “Taps,” and depending on the weather it would be nice if the townspeople came out,” American Legion post commander Josh Plenert said. “It’s usually lightly attended. The day is more than just a day off, and it means so much to a lot of people.”

A steak dinner will be served at Hillsboro American Legion Post No. 366 after the services. Advance tickets are $15.


Starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pilsen Cemetery, military honors by Gilbert-Poppe Post of the American Legion in Lincolnville will include a welcome, address, and a reading of veterans’ honor roll by William E. Benda.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and wreath placement by Deanna Klenda, “God Bless America” will be sung by assembly, and a rifle salute by Gilbert-Poppe Post will follow.

Mary Griffith will sing “Taps” with trumpet accompaniment by Adam Makovec.

Services will be in Pilsen Community Center in case of inclement weather.

Florence, Cedar Point

Services by John McKay American Legion Post will commence with an invocation and address by Father Darrin May of Holy Family Parish at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Florence United Methodist Church pastor Jeff Lee will speak at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, where flowers will be deposited by Terri Kent. The John McKay American Legion Post firing squad will salute the dead, and a sounding of “Taps” will be performed.

In Cedar Point, singer-songwriter Bennie Holtsclaw will provide an invocation and address at 10 a.m. at Cedar Point Community Church.


Services at Lewis Cemetery west of Ramona will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday with flags placed by the Moffitt-Crandall Post of Tampa and Cemetery caretakers will mark the graves of veterans.

Master of ceremonies Mark Heiser will provide opening and closing prayers.

He said Klieber family descendents will perform special music, Jesse Brunner will speak, and “Taps” will be played.

After the service, complimentary fried chicken, bread and drinks will be served at noon at Ramona City Park. Patrons are being asked to bring a salad or dessert. Denotations will be accepted.

Lost Springs

Services arranged by Dollye Novak and Hallie Navak will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Lost Springs Cemetery.

“It’s going to be very small,” Dollye said. “There will be a flag salute, music, ‘Taps,’ and everything pretty much like we do every year.”


Burdick area services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Diamond Springs Cemetery, move to Mission Valley Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., Methodist Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., and Hebron Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.

There will be an honor guard, firing squad, and Taps at each cemetery. Pastor Bill Peterson will speak at the church.


Memorial services take place at Goessel Mennonite Cemetery at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and at Tabor Mennonite Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday and at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday.

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