American Legion Prepares For "Avenue of Flags"
(Le Mars) -- American Legion members are preparing for the Avenue of Flags Memorial Day program. Tom Baack serves as the adjutant with the Wasmer Post #241 based in Le Mars. He says the program has a rich history, dating back to 1965.
He says more than 1100 American flags will grace the grounds of the Plymouth County Courthouse on Monday, with each flag representing an American military veteran that has deceased.
Baack says people should remember the real purpose for Memorial Day as a day set aside to honor those who have fought for this country that has turned into a day off from work filled with picnics, excursions to the lake, and vacations.
Baack says during the program, Legion member Patrick Murphy will read all 1181 names. The program will feature Steven Neal, American Legion Department of Iowa Vice Commander. Baack will honor one of the 50 veterans that was killed during battle.
New flags that are to be donated by family members will be posted, and Jim Rolfes will read his famous Memorial Day based poem "Come Visit My Grave" which talks about a soldier's perspective who has died from injuries sustained from battle hoping his family visits his grave and offers their respect.
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