American Legion Prepares For Memorial Day Program
(Le Mars) -- Members of the Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion will conduct the annual Memorial Day Avenue of Flags program at the Plymouth County Courthouse on Monday.
The first dedication of flags ceremony was held in 1965 with 91 flags. This year, more than 1200 flags will be posted in honor of those past veterans with either a Le Mars or Plymouth County connection. Tom Tanhoff is the commander of the Wasmer Post #241 and talks about this year's Memorial Day program.
The program at the Plymouth County Courthouse will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tanhoff says 23 additional flags will be dedicated this year bringing the total to over 1200 names to be honored.
Tanhoff says the ladies American Legion Auxillary will be presenting wreaths for each of the wars and conflicts involving the United States.
The Welcome will be presented by Retired Command Sergeant Major Jack Hanson. Tanhoff says Hanson, who resides in Le Mars, is a true hero.
Hanson has been awarded the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Comendation medal, Army Achievement medal with three oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
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