Annual Memorial Day program is attended by large crowd as veterans are honored with quilts

In honor of Memorial Day

Flags were flown in the Postville Cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend in honor of deceased veterans. Small flags were also placed on the graves of all veterans who are buried in the Postville cemetery. 

PHOTO BY JENNIFER OLSEN / POSTVILLE HERALD

A near capacity crowd filled the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul Lutheran Church Monday, May 28 to commemorate Memorial Day and those who died defending this great land, we call home.

The Postville High School Band, under the direction of Shauna Marie Johnsen, opened the program with a prelude of patriotic music. During the prelude, a power-point of the names of all area deceased veterans was displayed on a screen at the front of the room.

Rev. Gary Catterson, of Community Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation following the presentation of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

The band played a Salute to the Armed Forces while students displayed the flags of each branch of the service. Veterans and their families were asked to stand when their branch’s song was played.

Master of Ceremonies, Leigh Rekow introduced the Gold Star Mother present and the speaker, Rev. Lynn J. Noel, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Pastor Noel began his remarks by thanking those present, especially the high school band. While many regard the Memorial Day holiday as the beginning of summer, he reminded the audience that it is a time to heal and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms we take for granted.

Read the full article in the June 6 edition of the Postville Herald.

A slideshow of the 2018 Postville Memorial Day Program can be found below.

Photos by Jennifer Olsen and Sharon Drahn.

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