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Memorial Day Service at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

From cemeteries to VFW and American Legion posts, North Iowans will gather for Memorial Day services this weekend. All events listed below are Monday unless indicated.

Here is what's planned, according to information provided to the Globe Gazette:

Mason City

The Mason City Veterans Memorial Association will hold Memorial Day services with an assembly at 9:15 a.m. and services at 9:30 a.m. at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. The Mason City High School band will perform a prelude and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Invocation and benediction will be given by Father Jacob Rouse of Epiphany Parish. An Eagle Scout will give the Gettysburg Address, with Mayor Bill Schickel giving the mayor’s proclamation. Jim Wolf will be master of ceremonies and read General Orders No. 11.

The guest speaker will be retired Marine Cpl. Bill Gansemer of Mason City. A vehicle caravan to Memorial Park Cemetery will follow for a brief program. Roger Hunt will act as master of ceremonies.

Refreshments will be served at the VFW All Veterans Home, 1603 S. Monroe Ave., following services. In case of rain, the program will be at the VFW.

Volunteers who would like to help the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association put up flags at 2 p.m. Saturday for Monday’s ceremony at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery are asked to call 641-423-4075.

Clear Lake

The Clear Lake Memorial Day program, sponsored by the VFW Saratoga Post 4868, begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Wall with music by the Clear Lake High School Band. The observance will then move to the Clear Lake Cemetery.

The guest speaker will be Col. Sarah Christ.


Program, 10:30 a.m., Evergreen Cemetery. Rain contingency: West Hancock High School.


Program, 10:30 a.m., Corwith Cemetery.

Forest City

Services begin at 10 a.m. at the Civic Auditorium.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Dennis Zehren, Commander of American Legion Post 121.

John Arnold, Chaplain of Post 121, will give the invocation, which will be followed by the playing of the national anthem by the Forest City High School band, under the direction of Cory Schmitt.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Boys State delegates Carter Jenkins, Micaiah Krutsinger, Andrew Olson, Calvin Aberg and Tyler Clouse.

To follow, a brief program will be held at the courthouse square, which includes a prayer by John Arnold and a rifle salute honoring the military dead.


Service, 10:30 a.m., Central Park. Rain contingency: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School. Guest speaker is United States Navy Reserve Lt. Charity Edgar, formerly of Garner.


Program, 10:30 a.m., Goodell Community Hall. Guest speaker is Jim Gochenover.

Lunch will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 420 following the service.


Service, 10 a.m., Grafton Cemetery. Rain contingency: Grafton Community Center.

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Memorial Day Service at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.


Kanawha Firefighters Annual Memorial Day Chicken BBQ, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in City Park.

Rain contingency: Fire Department

Lake Mills

Salute, 9:15 a.m., Arlington Veterans Park.

Program, 10 a.m., Lake Mills Community School Auditorium.


Service, 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Meservey Cemetery. Rain contingency: First Reformed Church. Lawn chairs welcome.

New Haven

American Legion Post #278 in Osage will hold Memorial Day services from 8-8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery in New Haven.


Service, 9:30 a.m., Stillwater Cemetery; 10 a.m., Howardville Cemetery; 11 a.m., Orchard Cemetery. Rain contingency for Orchard: Orchard Congregational Church.

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Maid-rite dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Orchard Log Cabin.


Cannon Fire, 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Osage Cemetery.

Flag raising, Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.; breakfast, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Osage Cemetery.

Parade line-up, 9:30 a.m., Osage Cooperative Elevator; parade, 10 a.m., Third Street North to Osage Cemetery.

Program, 10:30 a.m., Osage Cemetery. Rain contingency: Cedar River Complex.

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Parade, 10:30 a.m., Main Street to cemetery.

Ceremony, follows parade, cemetery.

Lunch follows ceremony, Plymouth Fire Station.

Riceville and McIntire

The Riceville American Legion Roy Gue Post No. 244 and Legion Auxiliary members will meet at the Community Center at 8 a.m. A bus will leave for St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., proceeding on to Calvary Cemetery and Saratoga Cemetery.

At 9:30 a.m. the units will assemble at the Riceville Public Library on Woodland Avenue for a parade to Riverside Cemetery.

The parade beings at 10 a.m., which includes the American Legion Color Guard, American Legion members, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Riceville High School Marching Band, the Riceville Cub Scouts, Riceville Boy Scouts and Riceville Girl Scouts.

Services will follow at Riverside Cemetery. The procession will then proceed to Wayne Cemetery near McIntire for an identical ceremony.

Rock Falls

Program, 5 p.m., Rock Falls Cemetery.


Volunteer flag setup, 3 p.m., Friday, Rockford Cemetery by the tool house.

Walker-Graper American Legion Post 338 program, 10:30 a.m., Riverside Cemetery. Rain contingency: City Hall.

Wreath ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. at Veteran's Monument in Central Park and Main Street Bridge.


9 a.m., service at Rockwell Cemetery

St. Ansgar

Memorial Day services in St. Ansgar on Monday start with a 6 a.m. breakfast at the American Legion Post No. 358 for participants in the day’s activities.

A brief service will be held at 8 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery followed by an 8:15 a.m. tribute to veterans buried at sea, which will be held at the Old Mill Bridge over the Cedar River.

At 8:30 a.m. there will be a tribute at First Lutheran Cemetery to honor veterans.

The annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. starting at the American Legion and marching to the St. Ansgar Cemetery, where the program begins at 9:30 a.m.

Following the ceremony, services will be held at the Toeterville Cemetery and the Mitchell Cemetery.

A fundraiser luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Post. Proceeds will be used to support Girls State fees and local scholarships given by the St. Ansgar Legion Auxiliary.


Coffee and rolls for participants, 8:45 a.m., Legion Hall.

Services, 9:30 a.m., Visitation Cemetery in Stacyville; 9:45 a.m., Riverside Park in Stacyville; 10:15 a.m., Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meyer; 10:30 a.m., St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Wapsie; 11 a.m., Liberty Cemetery in Little Cedar; 11:30 a.m. Union Cemetery, Stacyville; noon, Stacyville Cemetery; 12:15 p.m., Veterans Memorial in Stacyville; 12:30 p.m., Legion Hall in Stacyville with potluck lunch to follow.


Service, 11 a.m., Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


Service, 10 a.m., Veterans site east end of Main Street.


Program, 9:30 a.m., Woden Community Center. Coffee, lemonade and bars provided by the American Legion Auxiliary 628 afterward.

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Lisa Grouette is a Photographer/Breaking News Reporter for the Globe Gazette. Reach her at 641-421-0525.


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