All residents are welcome to attend the many Memorial Day programs that will be held around Northeast Iowa this Monday.

In Oelwein, the program begins at 10am at Woodlawn Cemetery. This year, which is the 150th Anniversary of Memorial day, the special guest speaker will be SSG Jake Hurley, a 1998 Oelwein High School graduate, who is serving with the Iowa National Guard.

Local organizer Jake Blitsch, who had asked for help in erecting the many American flags at the cemetery prior to Memorial Day, is now seeking help to take them down.

Volunteers will meet at 8am on Tuesday (May 29), the day after Memorial Day.

Blitsch explains that many people are needed to fold flags after they are brought down, as well as helpers to take down the larger flags and poles. Volunteers are also needed to pull out the small flags that are decorating the gravesites.

Anyone who is interested, is asked to meet at Woodlawn Cemetery, on the west edge of town, Tuesday at 8am.

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