A somber, rainy day met Memorial Day service attendees around Estherville on Monday.
Showers were continuous throughout the morning as the Honor Guard made its round to the Estherville cemeteries to remember the fallen soldiers.
Pastor Glenn Bohmer conducted the services at East Side cemetery, Lutheran and East Side Memorial Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery as well as the ceremony on Central Avenue Bridge.
Pastor Glenn Bohmer provided the brief Memorial Day service at East Side Cemetery Monday morning in Estherville. Find more photos from the day on Page 5 of today’s Daily News.
EDN photo by David Swartz
During the bridge ceremony, a breath donated by the Good Samaritan Society of Estherville is dropped into the west fork of the Des Moines River to honor those who lost their lives at sea.
At each of these services, Bohmer spoke from Isaiah 2.
"In the last days the Lord will judge between the nations and render decisions for many people," he said. "They will hammer their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation and never again will they learn war.
"Such as not yet happened as we still learn war," he continued. "This reality is the reason we are here today. To remember and honor those who in war gave their lives on behalf of our nation."
A memorial service was held later in the morning with special guest speaker Lt. Col Todd Essing.
"We remember those American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines," Essing said. "Because of their efforts we are able to honor them peacefully in towns around the nation today."
Musicians from Estherville Lincoln Central High School lent their talents to the ceremony. Colten Christensen sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the beginning of the service. The high school choir then performed a patriotic song under the direction of Steven Bradburn. Band director Laura Giebler also led the instrumentalists in a medley of patriotic tunes.
Seven new flags were dedicated this year and were raised in the downtown square following the ceremony.
Craig Christensen from the Henry-Olson Funeral Home read the names of those new dedications along with which war and branch of the armed forces they served in.
n Kenneth Bishop, Army, Korea
n Tim Mann, Marines, Vietnam,
n Stanley Egertson, Army, WW II
n Francis Boggess, Army Air Corp, WW II
n Steven Blass, Army, Afghanistan
n Joseph Burt, Marine Corps, WW II
n James Knox, Army, Vietnam
Following the Honor Guard's final 21-gun salute, high school student Isaac Jorgenson played Taps.