Northwest Iowa — This Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day in the United States. 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. Here are some of them.

Ashton:
In Ashton, the morning will start off with coffee and rolls at 8:30 a.m. The Memorial Day Service will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by the Cemetery Service at 10:30. Immediately following the Cemetery Service, Ashton will host a Memorial Day Dinner, serving from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Ashton Legion Hall. The meal will include pork loin sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, ice cream, and a drink for a free will donation.

Melvin:
American Legion Post 470 in Melvin invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker cemetery two miles east and two miles north of Melvin beginning at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 27th. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the American Legion Community Center in Melvin.

Sibley:
The program will begin at Holman Township Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. If there is inclement weather, it will be in the Legion Hall instead. Pastor Doug Noonkester from the First Baptist Church of Sibley will have the prayer. Master Sergent Amos Kleinwolterink is the speaker. An ensemble of Sibley-Ocheyedan band musicians will provide the music. (They’ll also provide the music a the Ocheyedan service, which will start at 10:30 a.m. in Ocheyedan.)

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