Services of rememberance

The threat of rain Monday morning forced the annual Webster City Memorial Day service indoors but local residents and veterans still turned out to honor those who protected their country in military service.

The ceremony, held in Jeff Gym at the middle school, was originally scheduled for Graceland Cemetery. Ceremonies at the Marshall Crippen Bridge for those lost at sea and at Cass Center Cemetery were cancelled due to the weather.

American Legion Post 191 Commander Doug Johnson welcomed the crowd and introduced the Rev. Mike Willer, a chaplain with the Iowa National Guard, who gave the invocation.

Josh Gerdes, who served in the U.S. Navy, was the guest speaker. He talked about his tours duty and also those of his wife, Heather, who served with the Iowa Army National Guard. Gerdes talked about what it was like to be the one deployed as well as what it was like to be the one left at home.

During the ceremony Monday, Pat Nokes of the American Legion Auxiliary, read the names of Hamilton County veterans that had died in the past year. Leah and Jenny Maass read the list of active duty military members.

The Webster City High School band performed several selections during the ceremony and Brenna Paukert played “Taps” following a 21-gun salute at the end of the ceremony.