Military service honored at WC ceremony

Community members gathered on Monday for a Memorial Day service.

Due to expected inclement weather, the service was held inside Jeff Gym at Webster City Middle School. American Legion Post 191 Commander Ron Keigan hosted the service. Pastor Michael Slininger, of Faith United Methodist Church, led the service in prayer.

Several American Legion Auxiliary members read the names of Hamilton County residents who are on active duty in the military. Local veterans who had passed away since last year were also recognized. The Webster City High School band, directed by Jon Jensen, played a selection of songs including “America the Beautiful.”

Hamilton County Supervisor Doug Bailey was the guest speaker. He told those in attendance about the history of Hamilton County residents serving in the military from settlers in the mid-19th century to serving in World War II and beyond. He said that, with Hamilton County soldiers among them, members of the Red Bull 34th Infantry Division served between 517 to 611 days of combat in World War II. That was more time in combat than any other division in the war, Bailey said.

“Today, we remember and honor not just the citizen soldiers of the Red Bull Division,” he said. “But also the sailors, coast guardsmen, marines and the airmen who have sacrificed in the name of freedom in the defense of this great nation.”