Memorial Day 2012
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Courthouse lawn is being prepped for 1,160 flags to be placed on Memorial Day morning. Veteran and Legion Member Tom Baack says the flags represent deceased Veterans from Germany to Le Mars and many places in between.
Monday's Memorial Day activities begin with the parade of Patriotism stepping off at 9:30 downtown near Bike Central. The parade then leads to the Plymouth County Courthouse where a ceremony honoring our veterans is held. 20 new flags are being added this year and all names who are represented by a flag will be read. Tom Baack says that's what makes the Memorial Day Avenue of the Flags Program so important.
Another portion of the program will honor Staff Sergeant James A. Justice, an Iowa man who fell during the call of duty in April of 2011.
A flyover is also expected between 10:18 and 10:23am on Monday.
Tom has been the chair of the Memorial Day program committee since 1994. He says that as this program gets bigger the concern isn't finding a place for all the flags, it's finding people to help set up. Volunteers are still needed Monday morning at 6am to to place all 1,160 flags.
Also throughout the weekend, Baack says that volunteers with Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion Le Mars, including the legion riders, are going to cemeteries placing flags on the graves of soldiers who have passed.
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