MASON CITY – Memorial Day was observed and celebrated this morning at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City.
The program was organized by the Mason City Veteran’s Memorial Association.
Here are some highlights of the Memorial Day program; you can watch some of this in the video posted below:
The Star Spangled Banner and taps was be performed by the Mason City high School Band.
The invocation and benediction was be given by Decan Brent Hamilton of Wesley Methodist Church.
Mayor Eric Bookmeyer gave the Mayor’s Proclamation. “It is important on Memorial Day to cherish the memories of our friends, family members, and ancestors who have died and to remember their contributions toward making our lives better,” Bookmeyer said.
Chris Hamlin performed two solos.
The main address was given by retired Major General Gary Wattnem. “Our freedom is worthy of the sacrifices made of those in uniform,” Wattnem said.
Boy Scout Troop #401 gave a flag salute and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will be read.
After the Elmwood program was complete, another program was held at Memorial Park Cemetery on Mason City’s west side.