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Area Memorial Day celebrations listed

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
From left, Willard Brown of Aledo and his 1942 MB Willys Jeep and Clifford Anderson of Joy with his 1951 M37 Dodge 3/4 ton power wagon are two of the vintage military vehicles that are convoying to Little York on Saturday morning, May 29.

Little York will be all decked out with 900 American Flags over this year's Memorial Day weekend. Little York is starting out the Memorial Day weekend early with a Convoy of military vehicles from the Quad City Military Vehicle Preservation Association arriving at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29. The village of Little York will welcome the convoy and service personnel from Galesburg's National Guard Armory for an all day show at the village ball diamond south of town.

The convoy and members of Galesburg National Guard Armory will be parked in the village's ball diamond between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a Salute to the Troops presentation.

On Sunday, May 30 at 3 p.m. a Memorial Day service will be held at the Little York Cemetery.

Aledo Memorial Day service

Aledo Memorial Day Service starts at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31, with a parade starting at the old Northside School on College Ave. This year a special float made by Seabees will be featured, along with members of the Aledo American Legion Post 121, Mercer County VFW Post 1571 and auxiliaries and the Mercer County Marching Band. The parade will end at the Aledo Cemetery, with a service and guest speaker.

Alexis service

Memorial Day Services are scheduled for Monday, May 31, in the Alexis area at Mt. Vernon Cemetery at 10 a.m. in rural North Henderson and at 11 a.m. at the Alexis Cemetery. The James Harvey Scott Post #189 of the American Legion will hold the services. In case of inclement weather, one service will be held at the United Fieldhouse in Alexis, beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Dennis Spohrer of St. Theresa's Catholic Church, is the speaker. United High School band members will furnish musical for the services.

Norwood Cemetery service

Norwood Presbyterian Church will observe Memorial Day on Sunday, May 30, beginning at 9 a.m. There will be no Sunday School. At 9:30 a.m., a service will be held at the flagpole. Flags will then be placed on graves of all soldiers buried in the Norwood Cemetery.

New Windsor Service

New Windsor will observe Memorial Day Monday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the New Windsor Cemetery with a Veteran's Day program and gun salute by the George Norris Post 484 American Legion honoring veterans in the New Windsor, Hopewell and Lutheran Cemeteries in New Windsor. The Auxiliary Unit 484 will present a program. Flags have been placed and  a Veterans' gun salute will be held at the Lutheran Cemetery at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. In case of rain, the program will be held in the C.E. Building in the New Windsor Lutheran Church.

Drury-Reynolds Memorial Day Service

The 109th Annual Memorial Day Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at the Drury Reynolds Cemetery, which is located in lower Rock Island County approximately four miles from Muscatine. The guest speaker will be Bob Morrison, the Director of the Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities.

The service will be a tribute to all who have served in the United States military, but there will be a special focus on remembering World War II veterans and their experiences. A special collection will be taken for the Honor Flight, which allows World War II veterans to tour the national war memorials in Washington D.C.

All veterans in attendance will be invited to participate in the Veterans' March and Placing of the Wreath.  The 21 gun salute will be performed by the VFW Post 1565 Honor Guard from Muscatine. Taps will be played by Janet Clark. Vocal music will be provided by Stephanie Carey. All who attend will have the opportunity to place poppies on the graves of veterans following the service. 

Refreshments will be served..

Milan Memorial Day Service

Brig. Gen. Steven J. Feldmann, U.S. Army Reserve, will be the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day celebration, 11 a.m., Monday, May 31st, at American Legion Post No. 569, 515 W 1st Ave., Milan. Gen. Feldmann is with the Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal.

In civilian life, he is a lieutenant with the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He holds BA degrees in criminal justice administration and sociology from Mt. Mercy College, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is expected to speak about his experiences while serving in South Korea and Afghanistan as he assists the Milan American Legion members in honoring veterans.

During the ceremony, a wreath commemorating those killed or missing in action will be laid at the base of a monument in front of the Legion Post. A flag bearing the names of the Patriots killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States will be on display, and small commemorative flags will be given to attendees.

The public is encouraged to attend, and to join the Milan Legion veterans for sandwiches, cake, and coffee following the ceremony.