Area Memorial Day services altered due to COVID-19


Due to COVID-19, area American Legion posts have altered their traditional plans to commemorate Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.
Ida Grove
The Ida Grove American Legion and Auxiliary Posts will conduct shortened Memorial Day services, starting at 11 a.m., on the north driveway of the Skate Palace.
The post will dedicate nine new flags to the Avenue of Flags. Flags will be dedicated in memory of Bruce Snell, Richard (Dick) Hagemeier, Hubert Boysen, Orlan Ehler, Henry Wolterman, Robert Wolterman, Robert Sievert, Kenneth Hanshaw and Norman Schultz.
There will be no speaker. The post commander and chaplain will lead the service. If the weather is bad, the service will be cancelled, as the Post indicated it does not feel comfortable moving the service inside.
Flags on the Avenue of Flags will be raised this Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. and lowered Tuesday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m. Volunteers to raise and lower the flags are welcome.
Holstein
The Holstein American Legion will commemorate Memorial Day with a private ceremony for Legion members who want to attend on Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at the cemetery. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Legion’s Facebook page, starting at 10 a.m.
The Legion will raise its Avenue of Flags this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and lower the flags Tuesday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers who feel they are able to help are welcome.
Battle Creek
The Battle Creek American Legion Post 364 will conduct shortened services at the entrance to the Battle Creek cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day. Those attending are asked to stay in their cars or observe the appropriate social distance of six feet.
The service will include the opening and closing prayer, the reading of the roll of the dead and the salute to the dead.
Galva
Galva’s American Legion annual Memorial Day service is cancelled. However, the Avenue of the Flags at the cemetery will be raised. Flags will go up, Saturday, May 23, and will be removed the evening of Monday, May 25.
Two flags will be added to the Avenue of Flags, in memory of France Wanberg and Beryl Schubert. An official flag dedication ceremony might be held on July 4.
Odebolt
Odebolt American Legion Roose Post #313 has cancelled services for this year.