Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 28th.
Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States, and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May.
In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services and events in northwest Iowa.
The Ashton Memorial Day events begin with coffee and rolls from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ashton Legion Community Center downtown. After that, they’ll have the Memorial Day Service at 9:30, followed by the cemetery service at 10:30. Immediately following the cemetery service, at around 11:00 a.m., they’ll have the Memorial Day Dinner at the Legion Community Center. They’ll serve until around 1 p.m. The meal will consist of pork loin sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, ice cream, and beverages.
In Ocheyedan, their Memorial Day service starts at 9:45 a.m. at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. The address will be given by Pastor Bill Vander Heide. After the service, coffee and doughnuts will be available for a freewill donation. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the service will be in the Ocheyedan Town Hall.
The Sibley Memorial Day Service will be at Holman Township Cemetery. It will begin at 11:00 a.m.