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La Harpe 2019 Memorial Day Service

By Becky Smith, The Quill

The La Harpe Community held their annual Memorial Day Service at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019. A brief rain shower passed through the area around 9:30 a.m. so the event was moved to the community club house. A nice crowd attended the following program:

Welcome- American Legion Auxiliary #301 - Joan Siegworth, Pres.

Presentation of Colors - American Legion Post #301

Jr. High Band - "Star Spangled Banner", -Stephanie Mencel, Director

Opening Prayer - Lee Unger, -Methodist Church Minister

Pledge of Allegiance - Led by Boy Scouts

Memorial Day Poem - Mike Hrabel, Agape Church Minister

Jr. High Choir - "Give My Regards to George M. Cohen", Stephanie Mencel, Director

Remarks - Mayor Katherine Hasten-Reed

Speaker - Ty Huston - Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran

Recognition of all Veterans - Darrell Kraft Recognition of

Gold Star & Blue Star Mothers - Harry Fark, Legion Post #301


Special Music - Gordon Blankenship,

La Moine Camp Manager

Jr. High Band-"See the Conquering Hero Comes", Stephanie Mencel, Director

Closing Prayer - Bruce Goettsche, Union Church Minister

Retiring of Colors - American Legion Post #301

Twenty-One Gun Salute - American Legion Post #301

Taps - American Legion Post #301

La Harpe Mayor Hasten-Reed gave the following remarks:

":to the Spangler family, to the James family, and to the Palmer family..we are forever grateful and humbled by what these men have given.

"Their names will live on, their stories will live on, and their courage, their honor, and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Though none of them would probably have enjoyed the title, these men are those I consider a hero.

"As you gather with family and friends, let us remember the meaning of today. It's not about barb-b-que's , it's not about opening the pool, and it's not about having the day off.

"It is to honor and remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country, for our rights, for our safety and for our freedom. Memorial Day, today, is for them."

In conclusion, Mayor Hasten-Reed stated "as a community may we all remember the fallen and never forget that without them, without our veterans and without our active military our lives could be so much different. May God bless La Harpe and God Bless America."

Ty Huston, Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran, giving remarks

-photo by Tanner Smith

City of La Harpe Mayor Katherine Hasten-Reed giving remarks

-photo by Tanner Smith