Area communities honoring fallen service members


John Moore of Packwood will be the guest speaker at the Richland Memorial Day service Monday. Moore served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.
PHOTO SUBMITTED John Moore of Packwood will be the guest speaker at the Richland Memorial Day service Monday. Moore served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

Several area communities have announced plans for Memorial Day observances.


Lockridge will honor those who have served during its annual Memorial Day ceremony Saturday.

At 7:45 a.m., the honor guard will meet at the Lockridge Community Center to march to Lockridge Cemetery.

At 8 a.m., the Calvary Baptist Men’s Group, along with those gathered, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the flag is raised. A rifle team will fire a volley of rounds, followed by taps.

After dismissal from the cemetery at 8:10 a.m., those in attendance will return to the community center for fellowship and refreshments including coffee, tea, juice and pastries.

At 8:45 a.m., the program begins: “This is Memorial Day;” updates on the local veterans’ memorial; an opening reading/prayer; Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action recognition; special music by the Calvary Baptist Men’s Group; a moment of silence; and posting of the Circle of Flags.

Anyone interested in being a member of the honor guard should contact organizer Paul Corbin at 319-696-2760.

“Community participation is always encouraged and appreciated,” he said.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be inside the community center.


The Richland American Legion Post No. 504 and Richland Community Club will be sponsoring the Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hinshaw Shelter House in Richland.

Military service members and veterans and are encouraged to attend and be honored, said organizer Kerry Hadley, adding those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

The Pekin Chorus directed by Derrick White will be performing several patriotic selections and there will be a reading of “The Gettysburg Address” and “In Flanders Field.”

Roger Frakes, chaplain of the American Legion Post No. 504, will give the invocation and benediction.

John Moore of Packwood will be the guest speaker.

Moore was born in California and raised by parents who loved to travel. He grew up in European countries and in North Africa; he did not attend American schools until he came back to the States and entered high school. After being asked to leave school, Moore entered the U.S. Navy and worked on submarines. After 10 years, he left the Navy, finished high school and went to college. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology and has post graduate work in mariculture and food science.

Moore has worked in many different areas ranging from microscope repair to sign painter; from busboy to restaurant owner; from working with marine mammals to traveling the world over as an agricultural market consultant. He recently retired and is focusing his attention on a long “honey do” list.

Glasgow Cemetery

The annual Glasgow Cemetery Memorial Day Service will be 2 p.m. Monday.

The public is invited and reminded to bring lawn chairs.

If it is raining near the service time, the event will be canceled.

Rock Creek Church

Located southwest of Ollie, the Annual Rock Creek Church Memorial Day services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday featuring guest speakers Danny Cary of Fairfield and Steve Pfeifer of Richland. All are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be taken.

Van Buren County

Several communities in the Van Buren County are planning Memorial Day ceremonies and events.

In Birmingham, the Haney Brannan American Legion & Auxiliary will be putting flags on veterans’ graves Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in the Legion cabin in City Park to prepare for the task. Volunteers would be appreciated. A service is planned at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Birmingham Shelter House in City Park.

In Stockport, a service is planned at 1 p.m. Sunday at Spencer Cemetery, northeast of the village.

In Milton, a service is set for 8 a.m. Monday at Sunnyside Cemetery. After the service, the Milton Lions Club will serve a full meal, including desserts, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the American Legion Building. The fee will be collected at the door.

In Cantril, a service is planned for 9 a.m. Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery.

In Keosauqua, the Lions are hosting an “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Sunday in City Park. “Rollin’ on the River,” a day full of fun, drinks, food and music for the whole family, is planned from noon through 11:59 p.m. Sunday at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Proceeds from the event will be used for the Ferguson Sports Complex. On Monday, a Memorial Day service is planned at 9 a.m. at the amphitheater.

In Farmington, a service is service is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Memorial Garden of the Farmington Legion Building.

In Bonaparte, a service is set for 10 a.m. in the Bonaparte Cemetery.

The Bentonsport Historic District will have its annual spring flea market and craft sale during the Memorial Day weekend. The Historic Presbyterian Church in Bentonsport will host a program of music and stories honoring veterans who gave their lives to protect the country at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is welcome to the free program.

In Douds, the historic Mt. Moriah M.E. Church will host a special Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Mt. Moriah Church is a former Methodist country church built in 1892, replacing two former churches that were built on the site in 1846 and 1867. The church closed in 1958. It was acquired and completely restored in 1997 by the Douds Historical Preservation Association Inc. and has been the location for weddings, funerals, and special services since that time. The Memorial Day service will have special music and the morning message given by the Rev. Oly Marcos of the Trinity United Methodist parish. The service will conclude with a reading of an original poem entitled “The Undecorated Graves” written by Janet Gilchrist of Douds, then those attending will be given a flower to decorate an undecorated grave in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery across the street from the church. Everyone is invited to the service sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church of Douds.

Douds American Legion Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day service and potluck dinner Monday evening at the Douds Community Center. The potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. The Memorial Day service begins at 7:15 p.m., followed by the traditional walk to the Des Moines River Bridge.

The annual Bentonsport Memorial Day program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the historic Bentonsport Presbyterian Church. This year’s theme is “Some Gave All, All Gave Some.” A special feature will be the dedication of the restored gateway and fence of the Bentonsport Cemetery, which was established in 1840. The church was built and dedicated in 1855.

Bentonsport is a National Historic District and is located on the “Historic Hills Scenic Byway”, Van Buren County Road J-40, between Keosauqua and Bonaparte.

The evening program will be both patriotic and inspirational. The public is invited to attend.

Washington, Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds will be the speaker for the Memorial Day program Monday in Washington, Iowa. The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Washington High School gymnasium, with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by the American Legion.