The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
by Christy Kienast, The Quill
The annual patriotic La Harpe Memorial Day ceremony was held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th inside the La Harpe Clubhouse. The ceremony usually held at the La Harpe City Park, was moved to the clubhouse due to the inclement weather as the park was already muddy from Sunday's storms.
The American Legion Auxiliary President Joan Siegworth opened the morning service and the American Legion Post #301 conducted the presentation of the colors.
The Star-Spangled Banner was sung by Linda Hughes and all joined in the Pledge of Allegiance led by Auxiliary Treasurer Deloris Rodeffer.
Kyle Nelson, Youth Minister at the La Harpe Christian Church, offered the opening prayer, and Rachel James read a Memorial Day poem.
La Harpe Mayor Ryan Kienast told the crowd that he believes the lack of patriotism amongst our youngsters growing up today, is one of the greatest threats to the United States.
Agape Church minister Mike Hrabel told about some of the time he spent in Viet Nam and of the many lives we have lost.
Michael Blythe, American Legion Chaplain, who also served in Viet Nam, recognized the Gold Star and Blue Star mothers.
Rick Goettsche, Associate Minister of the La Harpe Union Church, closed the ceremony by offering prayer.
The La Harpe Jr. High Band played Land of Liberty which added a special part to the service with the students taking part.
The Memorial Day morning service ending with a 21 Gun Salute and with the moving Taps conducted by the local American Legion Post #301.
Special music was sang by Melissa Burt and Robert Strange.
Pastor Mike Hrabel of the Agape Church of La Harpe, spoke of his experiences in Viet Nam during the La Harpe Memorial Day Services, Monday.