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In memory of our honored dead

 


In memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting America’s freedoms, the members of VFW Post #2243 and the Kimball County Veteran’s Service Office invite all to join them for the 2017 Memorial Day service.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Kimball Cemetery with Greetings and Welcome followed by the Opening Prayer by Pastor Pettit.

Bob and Mary Kay Jenner will sing a Patriotic Song and Joyce Witt will perform the Laying of the Wreath for unknown soldier prior to the keynote speaker, Dale Wittrock, Past Dep Commander and State Buddy Poppy Chairman of Davenport.

The Honor Guard salute and taps will follow and the Raising of the Flag ceremony before Mary Kay Jenner sings the Star Spangled Banner.

Veteran’s that have passed away from the area will be honored and veterans that are in attendance recognized with name, rank, and branch of service.

Flags will be raised before the closing prayer is offered.

The VFW Post #2243 will then host a hamburger feed at the local post, located at 227 S. Chestnut in Kimball.

Additionally, this year the Veteran’s Service Office is offering a flag retirement ceremony at the Kimball Cemetery at 4 p.m. This ceremony is open to anyone who wishes to have a United State flag retired.

According to the website usmemorialday.org, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

 

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