Jasper County residents are invited to celebrate Memorial Day at various locations around the county on Monday.
A Memorial Day service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Newton Union Cemetery.
Levi Pence will give the call to order, and the National Anthem will be performed by Gene Scarbrough. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Eldon Pals. “God Bless America” will be performed by Elizabeth Pearson. Mayor Mike Hansen will speak, and a wreath-laying will follow. The call of the deceased will be given by Randy Wagner.
A quartet from the Newton Senior High School also will perform followed by the benediction. A salute will be led by both the American Legion Post 111 and the VFW Post 1655. The ceremony will conclude with Taps performed by Tim Stammeyer.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be at the VFW Post 1655.
The Colfax AMVETS Post and the Colfax American Legion Post will lead the service, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Colfax Cemetery.
The Colfax-Mingo High School Band will play patriotic music as the firing squad marches in. The names of deceased veterans will be read as a representative of the Girl Scouts places a wreath at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. A brief message by Rev. Phil Butler will follow. The band will then play The National Anthem and the firing squad will fire a salute which will be followed by Taps and Echo.
The color guard and firing squad will then proceed to the river for the ceremony there. The ceremony will consist of the Navy Hymn, a floral tribute, a salute by the firing squad, Taps and Echo.
All veterans are invited to follow the color guard as they proceed from the cemetery to the river.
In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Howard Street Christian Church in Colfax.
A celebration of freedom and to honor veterans will begin at 9 a.m. at the Ashton Chapel, located in the northwest corner of Jasper County just north of Mingo at 8887 W. 122nd St. N.
The guest speaker will be Mark Eddy Sr., co-pastor of Ashton Chapel Church. The American Legion program at the Ashton Cemetery will follow at 9:30 a.m. Children of the community will be invited to help decorate the graves of the veterans and the grave of the unknown soldiers, followed by a 21-gun salute and Taps.
Everyone is invited.
Baxter’s American Legion Post will host Memorial Day services at Restland Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Services will include the national anthem, a prayer, posting of the flags, the hanging of a wreath upon the Tomb of the Unknowns and the playing of Taps.
The Ira United Church’s annual Memorial Day Service Sunday will begin at 9 a.m. at Union Chapel in rural Mingo. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
Union Chapel is located off Highway F24 West on West 100th Street North.
Rural Jasper County
A Memorial Day service also is planned for 9 a.m. at Wittemberg Cemetery. The American Legion Color Guard will begin the service, and Merna Rusk will speak on “Memories of Community.” Those who plan to attend are advised to bring lawn chairs.