Area Residents will show their appreciation to Veterans at local Memorial Day Services. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May after Congress passed the National Holiday Act of 1971. As time progressed the day has become a popular vacation and travel day as part of a three day weekend. In December of 2000 congress passed a resolution that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” The resolution was passed in hopes of returning the original purpose of the holiday.
In Axtell the American Legionnaires will hold a dedication and 21-gun salute to veterans in the St. Bridget Cemetery at 9 a.m.
The Francis J. Renner American Legion Post 244 in Beattie is planning Memorial Day services at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by services in Union Cemetery at 10 a.m. A Roll call of deceased American Legion members and a 21-gun salute will take place.
In Blue Rapids the George Bedford Post 169 of the American Legion and VFW Post 4175 will conduct services at three cemeteries. 10:30 a.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery north of Blue Rapids, 11 a.m. at Fairmont Cemetery in town and 11:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, the Irving cemetery south of Blue Rapids.
In Bremen Taps will be played, and the Legion and VFW members will provide a gun salute.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bremen, will have a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at the Immanuel Cemetery. There will be a speaker, Thirty-seven veteran flags represented, and Hanover American Legion Post 306 will present the gun salute and taps.
Services in Frankfort begin at 10 a.m. at Frankfort City Cemetery and then at 11:15 a.m. at Antioch Cemetery. After services at the city cemetery, the participants may go to the Catholic cemetery for a prayer service, followed by services at Antioch Cemetery.
Marysville Services will begin at the Spring Creek Bridge at 8 a.m. Decorating of the water will be by the Boy and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies with flags and flowers. The service will conclude with the flag salute and taps.
The program at the Marysville City Cemetery begins at 10 a.m. with a musical tribute by the Marshall County Community Band. The ceremony at the Mound will be at 10:30 a.m. If it rains, services will be moved to the Marysville American Legion Hall.
A service to honor the 56 veterans who are buried in the Oketo Cemetery will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery.
A Mass will be at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day at St. Gregory’s Cemetery. A dedication of the new cemetery directory building addition will be at 8:45 a.m. If it rains, the Mass will be at St. Gregory’s Church, Marysville.
Memorial Day ceremonies in the Summerfield area will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Summerfield Cemetery, 10:30 at Mission Creek, 11 a.m. at the Breunsbach Cemetery and 2 p.m. at Liberty, Neb.
Vermillion American Legion Post No. 257 will lead Memorial Day services at area cemeteries on Monday. The schedule: 8:30 a.m., Vliets; 9 a.m., Salem; 10 a.m., Lillis; 11 a.m., Vermillion. There will be a speaker, gun salute and reading of names of deceased comrades at each cemetery.
Services on Memorial Day at Waterville start at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery.