May 25, 2018 - 5:11 pm - Posted in News

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 Sheldon First Christian Reformed Church Young People will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28th, serving from 7:00 – 9:30 am. This event will take place at the Sheldon Christian School. Freewill donations will be accepted, with proceeds going towards the First CRC Young People.

In observance of Memorial Day, flags will be displayed at the Sheldon City Park. They are going to be put out on Monday, May 28th, at 7:00 a.m. weather permitting, and taken back down at 5:30 p.m. Over thirty volunteers are needed to help put the flags out and take them back down. If you are able to help, they ask you to meet at the City Park.

All are welcome to help the Sheldon American Legion decorate the graves of Veterans for Memorial Day weekend: This will be done on Saturday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m.  Meet at East Lawn Cemetery for instructions.  Take down will occur Monday, May 28th right after flags are taken down in central park.

There will be a Memorial Day Service in Sheldon on Monday, May 28th, beginning at 10:00 am at the Sheldon Community High School. Participating in the service are the American Legion, Sheldon High School Band, and several community residents. The guest speaker will be Pastor Cory Van Sloten of the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church. This service is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend and pay tribute to those who have served our country. The service will be recorded for broadcast on KIWA AM 1550 and FM 100.7. at noon on Monday.


In Boyden, the Boyden American Legion is asking for volunteers to help put up the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. You are asked to meet at the Boyden Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. Take down will be at 1:00 p.m.

The Boyden Memorial Day Service will be held at the Demco Center on Monday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The Hawarden Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28th, from 7:30 until 10:00 a.m., at the Hawarden Community Center. Breakfast for Adults is $8, Children ages 5-12 are $5, and children under the age of 5 eat free.


American Reformed Church in Hull at 911 First Street is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) from 7-10 a.m. at the church. A freewill offering will be accepted with proceeds going to covering costs for Rocky Mountain High and Power Connection.


Ireton Christian Reformed Church’s Christian Ed Unit is putting on a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast from 6:00 until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Orange City:

The Orange City Memorial Day service will be at 9:30 a.m. at West Lawn Cemetery. The inclement weather location is at First Reformed Church in Orange City. The speaker will be Dan McCarty from the Orange City Area Health System. Participants in Girls State and Boys State will do readings. Recorded music will be played. They will do the usual gun salute and Taps will be played. All events are presented by the American Legion Pressman Kosters Post 329 of Orange City.

Sioux Center:

Sioux Center has several events planned to honor veterans. They’ll start with a service on Sunday night, May 27th, at the First Reformed church. God’s Word will be shared by Army Chaplain (Major) Peter Hofman. He’ll also give his personal testimony. A freewill offering will be accepted for the Sioux Center Doornink-Brunsting American Legion Post 199. They ask that veterans meet at 6:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall and be seated as a group.

On Memorial Day, the events will start with a VFW Bike Decorating Contest at 8:30 a.m. in the Beaver Eye Care parking lot, then kids can join the parade, which will be at 9:15 a.m., starting at the Sioux Center Public Library parking lot. That will continue south along Highway 75 to Memory Gardens Cemetery. The service there will follow the parade.


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