Several area towns celebrated Memorial Day in their own unique ways this year, with a variety of cemetery tours, parades and events for local residents to pay their respects to the veterans of Tama County and beyond.
In Traer, the annual cemetery tour was held on Sunday, with the Traer Legion visiting local cemeteries to place markers on gravestones. There was also a musical performance at the Memorial Building and a presentation by Kathryn Koob, who was held as a hostage during the 1979 uprising in Iran.
There was also a performance by the Presbyterian Bell Ringers, composed of area women and led by Sharon Stoakes.
Area residents had the chance to take part in a multitude of activities this Memorial Day. Here in Dysart, the American Legion held a parade on Memorial Day. At left, members of the Legion are followed down Main Street by local boy scouts and members of the Union High School band. Above, the band plays the Star-Spangled Banner at Dysart Cemetery. At top, members of the Legion take part in a gun salute to honor those fallen veterans at the cemetery. Photos by Alissa Klenk
Here in Dysart, the Legion held a parade on Monday, which also included the local scouts and the Union High School band. The muggy weather and lingering showers did little to curb the enthusiasm of the many local residents who turned out for the annual tradition. The festivities also included a visit to the Dysart Cemetery, complete with a gun salute.
Likewise, the American Legion in Clutier held a tour of cemeteries on Memorial Day. The Legion there had a flag raising at 7:30 a.m. followed by a tour of some other Tama County cemeteries, ending up at National Cemetery around 11 a.m.
If you have new names to add to the veterans' grave list for next year, please submit the information to us at 476-3550 or visit us at 317 Main St.