Honoring those who served

Although every day is a day to thank a veteran, Monday makes it even more meaningful to give them respect. Area Memorial Day services are set with four events in Marshalltown where the public can honor veterans.

Iowa Veterans Home Commandant David Worley will speak at the Riverside Cemetery program, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

At 9:30 a.m. the Navy Mothers will hold its casting of the wreath ceremony into the Iowa River at the North Center Street bridge near Riverside Cemetery.

Local war hero Todd Eipperle will be the speaker at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens ceremony.

Local World War II veteran Pete Menzel, who is part of the All Veterans Committee that organizes the events, realizes the importance of the day.

“These are for the fallen soldiers and the ones that are still here,” Menzel said. “They are very important.”

The Marshalltown Municipal Band, under the direction of Meghan Schumacker, will perform at both cemetery events.

“It’s kind of touching to listen to the program that they have,” Menzel said.

Menzel said he has been encouraged by the crowds in recent years as the weather has been conducive to drawing visitors to honor veterans.

“The last few years they are showing up more at these deals,” he said.

If there are heavy rains, all three events will be moved indoors and begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Iowa Veterans Home will host its annual program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Malloy Leisure Resource Center.

The featured speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Rachel Fails of the Iowa Army National Guard. Fails has 27 years of military service in the guard.

Several other area veterans memorials and cemeteries will be busy places with services Monday as well. Gladbrook will host its ceremony at the All Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. It will feature an appearance by a National Guard helicopter.