June 6 will be the 75th Anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, which is why the focus of this year’s Memorial Day services in Denison will be on county residents whose deaths were associated with the invasion of France.
Seven bridges in the county will be dedicated in honor of eight men who gave their lives for the country.
Memorial Day is a day specifically set aside for remembering all those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Following are listings for a number of Memorial Day services in Crawford County.
The Memorial Day program at the Crawford County Courthouse in Denison will begin at 10:30 a.m. outside the courthouse. The rain location is the Denison High School gymnasium.
A concert of patriotic music by the Denison High School (DHS) Band, under the direction of Ruben Newell, will be performed prior to the beginning of the program.
The program is by Ninus L. Hunt VFW Post #2504 and American Legion Post #8.
In addition to the traditional Memorial Day services, this year’s program has a special focus on the anniversary of D-Day. (See story beginning on Page 1.)
For more information about the order of the services, see the advertisement in today’s Denison Bulletin.
Following the program, the Denison Kiwanis Club will serve pork loin sandwiches and drinks, with the proceeds going to the Brushy Creek Honor Flights to take veterans to tour the war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Services at Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig will begin at 10 a.m. Jaymie Bral, 1st Sgt. (Ret.) of the Iowa Air National Guard will be the speaker. Music at the Morgan Cemetery will be provided by vocalists from the Schleswig School and the Schleswig sixth, seventh and eighth grade band under the direction of Angie Rosener.
Memorial Day services in will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dow City Cemetery.
Services by American Legion Post 65
9:15 a.m., King Cemetery
9:30 a.m., Vail Cemetery
10 a.m., St. Ann’s Cemetery
Following services at St. Ann’s Cemetery, a short ceremony will take place at the Vail Community Center to observe the 100th anniversary of the American Legion nationwide and the 100th anniversary of American Legion Post 65, of Vail. The legion charter will also be added to the Vail Community Center. Since the sale of the Legion Club building years ago, the Vail Legion Post’s charter has been in storage.
Services by Alfred Rossman Post 196
10:30 a.m., Hayes Township
11 a.m., Westside Cemetery
Following the Memorial Day ceremony at the Westside Cemetery, a potluck dinner will take place at the American Legion building in Westside.
The annual Legion Auxiliary Memorial Weekend Coffee and Bake Sale will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Legion building in Westside. Poppies will be available at the event and cash donations will be collected for veterans’ projects. “Fallen Heroes Honored” t-shirts will be on sale for $15.
Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. at the Manilla Band Shell Memorial Park on Main Street.
Following are other services.
Danway Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.
Kirkman Rose Hill Cemetery, 11 a.m.
Defiance Township Cemetery, 2 p.m. with a lunch to follow at the Methodist Church
Listings for Vail and Westside courtesy of The Observer. Listing for Manilla courtesy of the Manilla Times.