The Story City American Legion will conduct Memorial Day services at the Randall Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Memorial Day Services in Story City will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, with a flag raising service at Timberland Village with speaker Chaplain Sandy Anenson. A service will then be held at Bethany Manor at 10:30 a.m. with Chaplain Sandy Anenson speaking. The Story City Memorial Day Parade will begin at the west entrance of Bethany Manor and will proceed up Lafayette Avenue to Broad Street. It will then turn east to Grand, then north to the Story City Cemetery. Included in the parade will be the Roland-Story High School Marching Band, and local area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. There will be a shuttle provided for veterans from Bethany Manor to the cemetery.
Following the parade, memorial services will be held at the cemetery at approximately 11:00 a.m. A salute and tribute will be executed by the Story City American Legion color guard, firing squad and veterans. The speaker this year will be Pastor Stephen Anenson from Immanuel Lutheran Church. Jamie Morgan, a Roland-Story eighth grader and the daughter of James and Michele Morgan of Story City, will recite the "Gettysburg Address". Lunch will be served at the Story City American Legion following services for all veterans, Story City American Legion members, Auxiliary and parade participants.
In case of rain, memorial services will be held at the Story City American Legion.
The Memorial Day program and dedication of the new Roland Veterans Memorial will begin with a parade at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 27. Participants will assemble at the Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at the Legion Hall and proceed to the bridge on West Maple, where a short ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. In honor of those servicemen lost at sea, a wreath will be thrown from the bridge by the Legion Auxiliary. "Taps" will then be played.
Participants will then proceed to the Roland cemetery where the program will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. Bill Wakefield, Commander of Legion Post 307, will give the welcome. The invocation will be given by Tom Chance, Chaplin of Legion Post 307. Roland-Story students Nick Lage, son of Steve and Deb Lage of Story City will recite "In Flanders Field". Thomas Wilgenbusch, son of Michael and Erin Wilgenbusch of Story City, will recite "America’s Answer". Spencer Dodgen, son of Doug and Lynn Dodgen of Story City, will recite the "Gettysburg Address.
Guest speaker will be Jack Frandsen, retired farmer from Roland and an Army Sargent in Artillery, 25th Division, 105 How. who served during the Korean War (1952-53).
Tommy Chance, Legion Post 307 Chaplin will read the names of veterans who have passed away this past year. In honor of all veterans who were killed in action, POW/MIA, the Unknown Soldier and all veterans who served in the military service. The Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath at the Roland Veterans Memorial.
The Roland-Story Middle School band will play "America the Beautiful" at the begining of the program. In addition "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played during the program. Roland Legion Post 307 firing squad will fire a 21 gun salute and "Taps" will be played by Roland-Story students Megan Sansgaard, Noah Thomas, Natalie Tryon. Closing remarks will be by Commander Bill Wakefield. The program will conclude with a benediction by Pastor Adam Starrett of Bergen Lutheran Church.
Lunch will be served at Salem Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 1:00.
Feel free to bring along lawn chairs for the dedication ceremony at the cemetery. Post 307 Legion Hall will be open Monday, May 27 from 1 to 4 to view Post 307 history books. There are many pictures of WW I, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam Veterans. There are also newspaper clippings of both WW I and WW II and pictures of past Memorial Day programs.
In case of rain, the services will be held at the Roland -Story Middle School.