—by Todd Thorson

With conditions on the moist side and the threat of more rain in the forecast, the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony looked in jeopardy early Monday morning (May 27). But a window opened up and the inclement weather held off, and the Memorial Day services went off as scheduled. Organized each year by the Story City American Legion, the 11 a.m. services were held at the Story City Cemetery. With the new Veterans’ Memorial now complete, the southwest corner of the Story City Cemetery is a natural and beautiful amphitheater-like setting for the services that are held there every year on Memorial Day.

The Roland-Story High School Band provided their musical talents. Ron Rahfeldt, Commander of the Story City Legion, conducted the ceremony. Pastor Stephen Anenson of Immanuel Lutheran Church gave the keynote address. The legion color guard and firing squad also gave the service a formal and important addition. The customary "Taps" could also be heard drifting through the beautiful cemetery setting.

The winding drive and the tree-lined gravesites throughout the Story City Cemetery truly make for a tranquil and memorable experience on such an important holiday. I strongly encourage everyone to take a moment sometime to find some solace, peace and reflection and drive or walk through our beautiful cemetery. You won’t regret it!