While many see Memorial Day as the kickoff to the summer season, Memorial Day is actually a day of remembrance of all those who died serving in the American Armed Forces. In honor of those who have given all in the service of the country, the Anamosa American Legion Post 13 has a morning of events!
Starting at 9am, there will be a ceremony at the Jones County Courthouse, followed by a parade through downtown Anamosa. The parade will start at Huber Street and make its way to Riverside Cemetery. Along the parade route, the motorcade will make a stop at the Courthouse Memorial before continuing on to the Cemetery. A service will take place around 10:15am.
To make this day even more special, the American Legion is celebrating their 100th Anniversary. After the ceremony at the Cemetery, you can help them celebrate at the pavilion across from the cemetery. This year, the Girl Scouts have teamed up with local Veterans groups to make sure ALL of the graves in the cemetery have flowers on them, a simple reminder of how easy it can be to honor the fallen.
Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce Director, LeeAnna Boone, noted that very few people seem to know that this event exists. "We are trying to make sure that more people understand the veterans presence we have in the community and help remember those that are no longer with us. It's a powerful event and we hope people can make just a little time in their day to help honor those that have given all."
Derek Lumsden, Executive Director of Jones County Economic Development, agreed, "We spend a lot of time focusing on the issues of veterans and trying to make sure that none of them are left behind in the community, especially in healthcare and workforce needs. However, we always need to remember that there is another side to honoring and respecting veterans and events like these are one of the ways to remember just how important it is that we have veterans."
To learn more, contact the Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce.
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